Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent) MPhil/PhD: A pass at Master's level (or international equivalent)

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The School of Modern Languages has broad expertise in literary translation and translation history, including the middle ages, the early modern period, and the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular research strengths in translation studies include audiovisual translation, especially subtitling; translation history; literary translation, including poetry, drama, fiction, practice-oriented research; censorship in translation; interpreting; pragmatics. Languages include Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, Georgian, German, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The school's translation activities benefit from extensive collaborations with outside institutions and networks; the current subject lead for translation, Dr Carol O'Sullivan, is a board member of the European Society for Translation Studies, a member of the steering group of Advancing Research in Translation and Interpreting Studies (ARTIS) and a member of the training committee of the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies. The Penguin Archive, housed at the University, offers an important resource for research in translation publishing.

We welcome applications from students wishing to pursue tailor-made research to Master's or Doctoral level in any of the above areas. Our postgraduates are fully integrated in a professionally and personally supportive departmental community. We encourage you to attend and give papers at school and University research events, as well as national and international conferences. Funding is available to support field work and participation in external events. We support you in developing a full range of academic skills, including teaching.

Research facilities foster interdisciplinary collaboration between all departments through research seminars and other events, and include the Multimedia Centre: a specialist language centre comprising a language laboratory, media suite, a library of foreign films, newspapers and magazines, and an 18-seat screening room.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: £2,093
International students

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2017. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 8443