In today's globalised world, translating and interpreting has an ever-growing role. Our main research purpose is to find out more about how it works - from professional, language and cultural perspectives. We invite research proposals in fields such as linguistics and literature, culture, identity and professional studies, psychology and philosophy.
We offer expert supervision in the areas of:
- 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, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation and culture (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation and ethics, ideology, and power (Prof R. Howard, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translation products, processes and strategies (Dr Y Chen, Dr M Jin, Dr F Jones, Dr V Pellatt)
- translator and interpreter training and assessment (Dr Y Chen, Dr V Pellatt, Dr F Wu)
- reflective/autonomous learning and educational psychology (Dr Y Chen, Dr F Wu)
- audiovisual translation studies (Dr Y Chen)
We can offer support for projects involving English plus the following languages:
- Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian
Further information on staff specialisms can be found on the School of Modern Languages website.
As a PhD student you will have the opportunity to teach undergraduates as part of your training and to supplement your income.
You can attend regular research seminars and contribute to the annual Faculty postgraduate conference. The School also hosts regular research seminars in which leading international researchers present their research. We offer financial support for attendance at national and international conferences.
Our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides training in professional skills and research methods, supports personal development, and hosts postgraduate events.
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge doctoral training partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate research student support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,350*
Part time: £2,175*
Full time: £4,350*
Part time: £2,175*
*For 2019-2020 entry, we will be aligning our standard UK/EU research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The fees given above are indicative only. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2019 by UKRI. (Updated November 2018).
Full time: £16,500
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree and usually a good master's degree in a subject related to one of the discipline areas covered by the School of Modern Languages.
You are required to attend an interview, which may be conducted via Skype if necessary.
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English Language Requirements
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
You need to submit a 500 word research proposal with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.
You also need to include a list of modules and marks for previous degrees.
There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.