Postgraduate study

Study at Masters level

Our MA in Translation Studies is an interdisciplinary programme run jointly by the Department of English and the Department of Modern Languages. You will be taught by a team of experts with a wealth of specialisms and/or experience as practising translators. A number of tutors on the programme hold professional translation qualifications and are members of professional bodies such as the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.

Translation practice is at the heart of the programme and you will undertake extensive practical and specialised translation in your chosen language pair(s). However, we also offer a wide range of optional modules focusing on theory and methodology, meaning that the MA also provides excellent preparation for further study at PhD level.

Dr Gabriela Saldanha, Lecturer in Translation Studies "Come and explore the full potential of translation as both an art and a science in a truly multilingual environment!"

EMT logoOur MA in Translation Studies has been awarded membership of the European Master’s in Translation (EMT); a network or university programmes offering high-quality level training for translators. In order to be admitted universities have to prove that their translator training programme covers the competences, including the use of translation technologies, needed for translation jobs in international institutions and in the field of multilingual communication.

We have strong links to the profession. For example, we organise a series of talks each year on The Translation Profession with speakers from the translation industry.

We also offer an MA in Translation Studies by distance learning which can be completed over 2.5 years and an MA by Research in translation studies in the Department of English or Department of Modern Languages.

Study for a PhD

Members of BCT offer PhD supervision on a wide range of translation-related topics. Research strengths include literary translation and reception, the history of translation, translational stylistics, adaptation, gender and translation, and corpus-based translation studies.

Research in Translation Studies at Birmingham spans a wide range of disciplines and it is possible to undertake doctoral research in translation studies in the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of English. The University of Birmingham is also the only UK University that offers the opportunity to study for a PhD in Translation by distance learning.

Postgraduate research students in BCT work on topics ranging from the reception of John Milton in the Arab world to corpus-based research into the units of translation to a study on developing translators’ skills.. For a full list of all postgraduate research students, please see the current PhD students page.

For further information, or to enquire about applying, please complete the contact form on the course page and we will respond to your enquiry within two business days. Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: translation-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk.