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What will I learn?

Overview

The MPhil/PhD in Translation Studies is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced training in the core areas of translation studies, research methods and research work leading to a thesis. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher.

Supervision is offered in theoretical, descriptive and comparative, historical translation studies, as well as a wide range of interdisciplinary areas cutting across linguistics, cultural studies, sociological and political field of studies. Depending on the research topic, it may be possible to arrange joint supervision with specialists in other departments.

Research at the Centre for Translation Studies and in the Department of Linguistics

Research interests of the faculty are wide-ranging, spanning the languages across the world, from Chinese to Arabic, Swahili to Korean, Mongolian to Japanese. This focus on Asian and African languages, combined with the unparalleled access to the considerable language and regional expertise of other SOAS researchers constitutes a unique resource for the study of translation studies benefitting from expertise of many leading researchers in the areas of other languages, theoretical, comparative and descriptive linguistics, and area studies, which greatly enrich the field of translation studies.

Which department am I in?

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£20,000.00 (20,34,588) per year
Extension of Writing-up Status - 3 Terms fee - £990. Visiting Research Students (charged pro rata for termly attendance) fee - £20,000.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 September 2021

Venue

SOAS, University of London

Thornhaugh Street,

Russell Square,

Camden,

WC1H 0XG, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above from students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution with an admission difficulty rating of 'very' or 'most difficult'. Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree from an institution outside of this grouping are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

For international students

The minimum entry requirement for applying for the PhD and VRS programmes is a good UK Master's degree (or overseas equivalent), which is generally in a relevant area to the programme you are applying to. Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS 7.0 overall or higher, with 7.0 in sub-scores. TOEFL IBT - 105 overall or higher, with a minimum of 25 in sub-scores.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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