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. 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 postgraduate students on our 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.

In addition, in 2016 our research students started to organise the CTS Postgraduate Translation & Interpreting Conference, now a successful yearly event. This is an excellent platform to showcase their research to a panel of world-renowned academics and to share ideas with other postgraduate research students coming from all over the UK and beyond.

Apply for Postgraduate Study

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

If you wish to find out whether your topic matches the CTS research expertise, please email an outline (4-6 pages) of your proposed research to Dr Serge Sharoff (

Your outline should elaborate on:

  • 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.