Translating and Interpreting MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas 

We offer expert supervision in the areas below:

  • History of translation (Prof H Lähnemann)
  • Interpreting (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
  • Psycholinguistics of interpreting and translating (Dr M Jin)
  • Translating literature (Dr F Jones)
  • Translation and culture; translation and ethics/ideology/power (Dr F Jones)
  • Translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
  • Translator and interpreter training and assessment; reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)

We can offer support for projects involving English plus the following languages: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Quechua and Spanish.

For further details including staff specialisms, please visit our website or request our programme and section-specific flyers.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

There are regular research seminars and a Faculty postgraduate conference into which postgraduates are fully integrated. The School also hosts regular research seminars in which leading international researchers present their research.

Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research methods, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events. We offer financial support for attendance at national and international conferences. We normally offer PhD students undergraduate teaching as part of their training and to supplement their income.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree and normally a good master’s degree in a subject related to one of the discipline areas covered by the School of Modern Languages (

Applicants are required to attend an interview, which may be conducted via Skype if necessary.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. In your application, you must include a 500-word research proposal and a list of modules and marks for previous degrees. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014 

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Lucy Brickwood
School of Modern Languages
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5867

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Translating and Interpreting.