Research course

Interpreting Studies

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies has the largest concentration of interpreting and translation studies specialists in the country. It provides unique opportunities, particularly at PhD level, for postgraduates in interpreting and translation studies. CTIS already offers training in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting on the MA in Translation and Intercultural Studies, and will be launching a dedicated MA in Conference Interpreting in September 2011.

CTIS organises a range of regular scholarly events, including a full day of peer presentations for research students every year. Weekly seminars, which attract a large national audience of researchers, students and professional interpreters, are often delivered by specialists in various forms of interpreting. The CTIS seminars form an important part of students' initiation into scholarly research, and offer them valuable opportunities for informal contact with leading academics. The Centre also organises two half-days of specialist research training for doctoral students every year. This training is often delivered by specialists in interpreting, such as Professor Robert Barsky of Vanderbilt University, USA, and Rebecca Tipton of Salford University, UK.

Past and current doctoral theses on interpreting supervised by CTIS staff include studies of volunteer conference interpreting for the World Social Forum, of official policies relating to interpreting in the UK asylum system, medical interpreters in Spanish hospitals, dialogue interpreting in educational settings, competence in community interpreting, and interpreting in government press conferences in China.

Information for international students

For further information about entry requirements, including English Language requirements, please see the University website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559