Research course

Translation Studies

University of Glasgow · College of Arts
PhDMLitt by researchMPhilMRes

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Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

Months of entry


Course content

Translation Studies research is rapidly expanding. We host a strong postgraduate community and discipline-specific networks and offer a stimulating research seminar programme, extensive library resources, wide-ranging expertise in the field and the opportunity for interdisciplinary supervision.

Translation Studies research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is wide-ranging with students and staff working in fields from literary through to audiovisual translation across a broad range of languages. These include:

  • Catalan
  • Czech
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Further languages such as Ancient Greek, Latin, Medieval Latin, Gaelic, Early Gaelic, Medieval Welsh, and Irish are also offered in other Schools.We may also make provision for research porjects involving Arabic.

Staff research strengths

As Translation Studies is necessarily interdisciplinary, the programme at Glasgow draws in a range of expertise across different fields of study. Applicants are encouraged to look at the research profiles of colleagues in all areas of the School and if appropriate, the University. Joint supervision allows students to be advised in Translation Studies but also in a complementary subject area, examples being creative writing, the graphic novel, medieval and renaissance studies, music, law or medicine. Our staff produce world-leading research in the field and engage in wide-ranging collaborations across the College of Arts (English Literature, History, Philosophy, Theology).

Research proposals

Proposals are particularly welcome in the following areas of Translation Studies:

  • Translation Studies theory and history
  • methodologies for translation
  • bridging the gap between translation theory and practice
  • literary translation, including poetry
  • translation as adaptation
  • translating non-standard language
  • translating gendered language
  • orality and translation
  • postcolonial translation
  • Africa and translation
  • Translation and censorship

Our research environment

Students work within a well established international research environment which supports a wide range of activities including a specialist Translation Studies research seminar series, the Glasgow University Translation Studies Research Network comprising a very active postgraduate wing, a quarterly Translation Studies newsletter, Facebook site and Twitter feed managed by postgraduate students.

Within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, you will also work alongside staff working on a number of externally funded research projects in the field of Translation Studies and related disciplines, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to postgraduate seminars and workshops.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MLitt by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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