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Overview Programme aimsA detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry relevant for Translation.The creation and interpretation of new knowledge in Translation, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge in translation as an academic discipline or professional practice.The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.We welcome applications for research that is underpinned by empirical and/or theoretical methodologies. We have a strong commitment to the development of interdisciplinary approaches and inter-relationships between the academic and the professional. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism, Centre for English Start Date: The University offers two registration points for research degree students, in September and February each year. Entry Requirements Candidates for a research degree should normally possess or expect a good MA degree or, in the case of international students, an equivalent qualification in translation studies, in a language and culture subject, or in another relevant field.Non-traditional entrants may be considered if they can demonstrate substantial research experience or relevant professional experience / publication. N.B. This applies to exceptional circumstances where an applicant can demonstrate outstanding achievements (substantial publications, long-standing relevant professional experience which includes sustained critical argument, writing,...




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Course programme

All research students in the School are initially registered as MPhil/PhD students. Progression to PhD registration is the norm and we envisage that students will normally progress to PhD registration. As a rule the Department has an expectation that all full-time students will be considered for progression from MPhil to PhD registration within the first year of their registration and part-time students should be considered for progression after two years of registration.

Monitoring and review processes

Your progress will be regularly reviewed:

  • 6 month report - a preliminary progress report after 6 months of registration, drawn up by the Principal Supervisor in consultation with the second supervisor and agreed with you.
  • Annual reports - after twelve months, and annually thereafter; assesses whether sufficient progress has been made; drawn up by the supervisor and discussed with the student; part of the process is a seminar delivered by the student and a self-assessment progress report taking account of feedback received.
  • Annual re-registration, subject to satisfactory progress.

If progress is unsatisfactory, the student will normally be withdrawn. Where students are in receipt of a School or University bursary, this too will be terminated. The Department's Senior Tutor for Research manages the reporting process, and deals with other aspects of research students' affairs.

Transfer from MPhil to PhD
  • Completion of minimum period of registration (one year for full time and two years for part time students)
  • Submission of an application for upgrading which includes:
  • aims of the thesis
  • a draft abstract
  • an outline and chapter summaries
  • a bibliography
  • a timeline for completion
  • one completed chapter which must include the methodology or literature review
  • a record of completed skills / research method training
  • seminar presentation followed by questions.

Only students whose work is of high enough quality, and whose Research Plans are judged to be viable, may be permitted to upgrade to PhD.

After successful upgrade

After promotion to the PhD category, your remaining time is spent following your Research Plan under the detailed supervision of your panel. You must continue to participate in the research activities of the department by attending research seminars and workshops, and, under the guidance of your panel, attend suitable external seminars, meetings and conferences. You should try to present your work at the Department's workshops and seminars.

Examination arrangements

Once a student has completed a version of the thesis that can be submitted the supervisor will make arrangements for the appointment of an internal and external examiner. This needs to be done some time before the thesis is submitted (usually three months).

Once the thesis is submitted the supervisor will make arrangements for the viva in consultation with the Senior Tutor. The viva will be chaired by a senior member of the Department and it is also possible for the supervisor to attend as an observer.

Assessment of the thesis

Theses submitted to the Department are evaluated by two independent examiners, one from City, the other external. The examiners are appointed by the School Board of Studies on the recommendation of the candidate's supervisor. At a date determined by the two examiners, a viva is held, during which the candidate will discuss the thesis with the examiners in the presence of a non-voting chairperson. For more detailed guidance on submission procedure, please consult the Guide for Research Students.

Research Areas

We offer students the opportunity to carry out research in the following areas of Translation including: theoretical approaches to translation, discourse analysis, translation and gender/identity, translation and cultural history, translation of children's literature, translation pedagogics, genre translation (especially crime fiction).

The team consists of experts in translation theory, discourse construction & analysis, semiotic & intersemiotic analysis, literary translation and translation pedagogy.

Studying Translation is by nature interdisciplinary and the following staff from the school are potential supervisors for interdisciplinary proposals:

  • Dr Miguel Mera, - Music
  • Dr Barbara Norden, - Creative Writing
  • Dr Laurence Solkin, - Workbased learning.

Additional information


  • Full-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Part-time EU: £2,250 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000 per year
  • Part-time Non EU: £6,000 per year

Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

You pay the above fees (which usually...


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