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Course summary

Research profile Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research; and to make an original, positive contribution to learning in translation studies. One of the most flexible doctoral programmes of its kind in the UK, our PhD enables you to enhance your translation practice while gaining an intellectual and philosophical perspective on the activity of translation, developing you as a self-reflective and theoretically-minded researcher or​ translator. Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors - you can opt to produce an independent thesis, or an extended scholarly translation with commentary. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), our research was submitted in Modern Languages. The results reaffirm Edinburgh’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities - third in the UK based on the quality and breadth of its research in Modern Languages according to Times Higher Education's REF power ratings. Our expertise covers a wide range of research areas and many languages. Research areas We have particular strengths in:

  • audiovisual translation
  • literary translation
  • translation and music
  • translation and the internet
  • performance and translation
  • translation and religion
  • trauma and translation
  • gender and translation
  • translation and health
  • translation and social movements
Languages offered
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Danish
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Tamil
  • Turkish
We typically offer the languages above, but not necessarily on a year-on-year basis due to staff commitment and leave. Also, it may be possible to work with another language. Your project would be co-supervised by one expert in Translation Studies, and an expert in the language of your choice. Please email Dr Mavis Ho to discuss whether supervision in the particular language you wish to work with is available within the School.


See our website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

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Translation Studies at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS