Research degrees

We host a lively and diverse group of research students. They are sometimes co-supervised by colleagues from other departments of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies or from other Schools of the university, notably Computing, Education and English.

The ethos of research at CTS is to ground it in data from the daily practice of translators, subtitlers and interpreters of both spoken languages and British Sign Language (BSL). This data-driven approach to research in interpreting and translation supports a wide range of projects covering an equally wide range of languages.

Research students are encouraged to attend appropriate research-led modules together with students on the taught MA programmes. In addition, training in research methodology is provided by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, the Faculty and the University.

Research students thrive in this resource-rich intellectual environment, with 100% completion of PhDs in under four years. CTS postgraduates have an excellent record of conference presentations and publications prior to submission of their thesis. Some financial support for conference participation is available from the Centre or the School.

Apply for postgraduate Study

Applicants for research degrees should have at least a good Honours degree. Candidates with alternative relevant experience/qualifications may be considered. All eligible applicants whose interests match our supervisory expertise will be interviewed, either in person or by telephone or on Skype. Further requirements may also be stipulated in individual cases.

For advice on the fit of your topic with the research expertise of CTS, email an outline (4-6 pages) of your proposed research to Dr Serge Sharoff ( This outline should describe: the general area of your research and an overview of prior work; evidence of a need for further investigation; more specific research questions that you intend to address; the data and methodology that you plan to use; the expected outcomes and their anticipated impact on the field and possible beneficiaries.