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Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies


Frequently Asked Questions
What are the admission requirements of your research postgraduate programme?
  • 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


  • has a very clear research question (or research questions); and
  • 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: Single space; 3,000-3,500 words excluding references.


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


  • Past academic transcripts (bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees)

(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 proficiency test scores (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)



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


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

Do I need to make contact with a potential supervisor in the Department before making an application?

You are welcome to make contact with possible supervisors prior to application, to ascertain whether a particular member of the Department would potentially be interested in taking on your project. However, there is no requirement to do so. You may submit your application without stating a preference, in which case the Department’s RPg Programme Committee will consider who would be best placed to supervise your project.

When is the deadline for receipt of applications?

Applications are handled by the Graduate School, who operate two deadlines for applications: 1 December 2022 (first round) and 15 April 2023 (second round) for the Academic Year 2021-2022. Please refer to the Graduate School website for the updated deadline.

What criteria are considered by the committee when reviewing my application?

We consider a range of factors including previous academic background and results, level of English proficiency, and whether you have any previous research experience or publications. In addition to these, we place particular importance on the quality of your research proposal.

Is there any standard format I need to follow when preparing my research proposal?

There is no standard format as such. Nevertheless, we would expect to see at least the following in your proposal: an introduction of your chosen topic, a review of existing literature in your chosen area, a clearly expressed set of research questions, a delineation of the methodology and the theoretical approach that you propose to use, and an explanation of the contribution you expect your project to make.

When will I be notified of the admission status?

There is no standard timeline. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview by email and/or phone. Notifications to successful applications will be sent by email and/or mail before commencement of studies, i.e. September (in general). To confirm acceptance of the offer, applicants will need to pay the confirmation fee before the deadline stated in the offer letter. All fees paid are NOT refundable. For unsuccessful applications, the applicants will be notified by email. Applicants may check the updated application status from the Online Application System.