Postgraduate programmes


Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

We offer a research-based Masters (MPhil) in translation as well as a PhD programme. See Translation MPhil, PhD for more information. See also our Research page for details of our projects and areas of expertise. 

We offer a practice-oriented research pathway in translation. For more information, contact Enquiries from prospective postdoctoral researchers should be addressed to Dr Lucas Nunes Vieira. Enquiries about research in drama translation should be addressed to Dr Katja Krebs.

Before applying

Please contact the subject lead Dr Lucas Nunes Vieira to discuss projects in advance of application. For projects starting in 2021-2022, we particularly welcome proposals on lay use of machine translation and on the use of machine translation for video game localisation. 

Our PhD projects, past and present, include several practice-based projects (fiction, non-fiction, short fiction); projects on legal translation briefing; Penguin Russian classics; comparative literature; translation and interpreting for homeless service users; technologies for literary translators; conceptualisations of literacy; audiovisual and literary translation in China.

Industry Links and Networks

As corporate educational members of the ITI, we strongly support links between translator training courses and the translation industry. These links often involve joint publications and co-hosted events. Our industry partnerships also involve access to state-of-the-art translation technologies. We are members of The Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting UK and Ireland, and our PhD programme is part of the International Doctorate in Translation Studies.

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Translation Studies is among the subjects eligible for funding from the AHRC South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. The Faculty of Arts also offers funding opportunities for taught and research programmes.

Before doing the MA in Chinese-English translation, I was just a graduate with no idea on how to become a professional translator. After one year’s study in this program, I graduated with Distinction, and embarked upon a new career in a translation company in Beijing.

Yuchen Zhang (MA, Chinese-English translation)
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