Translation Studies - English Language PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

This PhD in the Department of English offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in the field of Translation Studies. Research strengths include: literary translation and reception; translational stylistics; adaptation; gender and translation and corpus-based translation studies.

Research in Translation Studies at Birmingham spans Modern Languages, English and Classics, so it is also possible to undertake doctoral research in translation studies in the Department of Modern Languages.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Distance learning, doctoral research

Study Options: Distance learning, full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Start date: September 2013


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The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:

  • Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
  • Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time

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Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

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Research interests of staff

Dr Gabriela Saldanha: translator style, reception of literary translations in the UK book market, translation and gender, corpus-based translation studies. 

Professor Michael Toolan: stylistic analysis of literary translations 

Dr Diana Spencer: Rome’s reception of Greece, including language and genre translation issues; the reception of Rome in the post-Classical world. 

Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos: translation/adaptation of classical literature by women writers; the reception of classical literature and myth in contemporary writing by women. 

Sofia Malamatidou : corpus-based translation studies, translation and language change, scientific translation and textual and intertextual analyses of translated texts. 

Additional supervision is available within the Department of Modern Languages

Related research


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The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Many Translation Studies doctoral researchers go on to pursue careers in academia, or in the translation profession.


You can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005.