Research course

Translation Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A UK masters degree with distinction (first class or excellent), or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

One of the most flexible translation studies programmes in the UK, our degree brings together the expertise of research-active staff from the various language units within the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures.

You will join what is arguably the most international research community within the School, using your research skills both to enhance your translation practice and to provide you with an intellectual and philosophical perspective on the activity of translation.

This diversity of research aims to produce self-reflective and theoretically minded translators, and puts you in touch with the requirements of the marketplace.

Our current research is wide-ranging, covering the following areas:

  • audiovisual translation
  • literary translation
  • translation and music
  • translation and the internet

You may choose to work with two languages, depending on whether they can be supported by the School’s research areas. Currently, these include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Department specialisms

Theoretical Aspects of Translation Studies; Practice of Translation involving Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 4114