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Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies




The Admissions Process


The Department accepts applications via the Graduate School, which operates two deadlines for the receipt of applications for admission in the Academic Year 2024-2025: 1 December 2023 (first round) and 15 April 2024 (second round). Since admission offers are highly competitive and subject to quota availability, you are strongly advised to make your application as soon as possible. 


Following review of applications by the Department Research Postgraduate Programme Committee, outstanding applicants will be invited for interview. Selected applications are then forwarded for consideration by the relevant Faculty-level committee. Places are subject to a quota system. The Department typically admits between one and two new research postgraduate (RPg) students per year.


All students are expected to begin their studies from the beginning of the academic year, i.e. from 1 September.


Admission Requirements


For Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


Applicants seeking admission to the MPhil degree programme should possess:

(a) a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

(b) a qualification deemed to be equivalent.


For Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Applicants seeking admission to the PhD degree programme should possess:

a) a Master’s degree from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

b) a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; or

c) any other qualification deemed by the Graduate School to be acceptable for this purpose.


Candidates with evidence of research achievements or experience are preferred.


Research Proposal


If you wish to be considered for a place in our research postgraduate programme (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit a fully developed research proposal written in English that


  1. has a very clear research question (or research questions); and
  2. demonstrates awareness of and engagement with current research in the field of translation studies, interpreting studies or intercultural studies on the proposed topic. 

Your research proposal will be given significant weight when we evaluate your application.


Length of the proposal: 3,000-3,500 words excluding references

*Please adhere strictly to the word limit. 


Referencing style: Any standard referencing style. Please apply it consistently.


Academic staff members’ research interests can be viewed here.


Past academic transcripts (bachelor's and/ or master's degress)


An applicant who has received a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours from a recognised university or comparable institution may apply for our PhD programme directly.


Language Requirements (if the language of instruction is not English from your past academic training):


  • ibt-TOEFL (total: 120)

minimum overall score: 90 (minimum writing score: 25)

  • IELTS (total: 9):

minimum overall score: 6.5 (minimum writing score: 6.5)



**Any other requirements listed on Graduate School’s website.**


**Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.**


**All materials must be complete upon the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.**


**The above information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. The Department reserves the right of final decision and interpretation in case of any dispute.**