Translation Studies MPhil/ PhD
Research students don’t consume a prescribed training program but execute their very own research study underneath the guidance of private Supervisors. All research students have both a Principal Supervisor along with a Subsidiary Supervisor. You’ll normally register within the department of the Principal Supervisor. Within the situation of joint supervision students can register either in department. Research skills training is a valuable part from the programme. Begin to see the section below for details.
- Well qualified candidates can study for that levels of Physician of Philosophy (PhD) or of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Translation Studies.
- The PhD requires no less than three years’ full-time study (four years’ part-time).
- The MPhil is really a research amount of the shorter type, normally requiring two years’ full-time study (4 years part-time).
- Research topics could be in translation theory and history covering almost any European language.
- Candidates normally propose their very own research topics. For topics involving non-European languages and cultures, joint supervision using the School of Oriental and African Studies is quite possible.
- Students can study a full-time orpart-time basis part-time non-residential registration can also be possible, susceptible to Graduate School approval.
- All research students initially sign up for the MPhil degree they are able to upgrade towards the PhD after at least one year’s full-time study (or 2 yrs part-time), provided the work they do is of the sufficient standard.
Normally we predict PhD applicants to possess a First or high Upper Second within their first degree (or equivalent) along with a Distinction or symbol of distinction-level work on Masters level (or equivalent) in translation studies, inside a language and culture subject or perhaps in another relevant field.
All PhD applicants should present a convincing, well-contended and thoroughly formulated proposal and really should have excellent standards of educational British.
Please be aware that you may want to provide evidence of proficiency in British together with your application.
For academic advice contact either the appropriate department or Dr Geraldine Brodie. There’s no formal deadline for applications for admission like a research student. It is because research students can begin at any season, i.e. they don’t always begin in September/October. For individuals candidates planning to try to get funding, however, initial connection with a topic area convenor or prospective supervisor ought to be produced in October or November.
The admission process requires a job interview together with your prospective supervisor(s) and the other academic employee. After you have posted the application to UCL, your prospective supervisor will contact you to setup a job interview. It may be conducted personally or via skype (for applicants who aren’t presently located in London).
Study for the quality of MPhil/PhD in Translation Studies leads to the submission of the thesis. The thesis is really a book-length work according to research.
A PhD thesis may depend on 100,000 words and should form a definite contribution to understanding, show proof of original thought and appropriate research, and become appropriate for publication as posted or perhaps in an abridged or modified form.
A thesis for the quality of MPhil runs to roughly 60,000 words. It ought to be either an eye on original work or perhaps a thorough and demanding exposition of existing understanding.
Recent and current operate in translation studies inside the Faculty of Arts and Humanities includes theses on such topics as:
- Anglophone postcolonial novels in Polish translation 1980-2010. Dorota Goluch [supervised jointly with SSEES]
- Creativeness, translation and John Sinclair’s ‘open-choice’ version ‘idiom’ principle. Marlies Prinzl [supervised jointly with SSEES]
- Converting communication? Willy Kyrklund’s Polyphemus. Anna Tebelius [supervised jointly using the Department of Scandinavian Studies]
- A theory of audiovisual translation. Erik Skuggevik
- Translation and nonsense: randomness, variation, evolution. Daniela Almansi [supervised jointly with SSEES]
- Relay translation: traditional Chinese erotic fiction via German into British. Sherlon Ip Chi-Yin [supervised jointly with SOAS]
- Intertextuality in translation. Dorothea Martens [PhD awarded 2009]
- Orientalism, Translation, Virtuality: Sanskrit classics in British and French, 1780-1880. Phrae Chittiphalangsri [PhD awarded 2009]
- Translation and power: Frederick Conrad in Chinese translation. Gloria Lee Kwok-Kan [supervised jointly with SOAS]
- Converting Style: Hemingway’s That Old Man and also the Ocean in Chinese. Elaine Ng Yin-Ling [PhD awarded 2009]
- The building blocks of the theory of translation according to C.S. Peirce’s semiotics. Ubaldo Stecconi [PhD awarded 2006]
- Pseudotranslations in Italia three hundred years ago. Paolo Rambelli [PhD awarded 2005]
- Translation and narration: computer-aided analysis of two novels by Virginia Woolf and five French translations. Charlotte now Bosseaux [PhD awarded 2004]
- Babysitting the Readers: converting fiction for women, British into Nederlander 1945-1995. Mieke Desmet [PhD awarded 2003]
- Travelling Theory: French feminism within the Anglophone world, French structuralism in Poultry. Sebnem Susam-Sarajeva [PhD awarded 2002]
- Intertextuality and genre: David Lodge’s campus novels in Spanish translation. Marta Guirao [PhD awarded 2002]
- The Alien Within: translations of popular fiction into German throughout the Nazi regime. Kate Sturge [PhD awarded 2000]
The graduate programme in translation studies draws around the combined expertise of staff within the language and literature departments from the Arts and Humanities Faculty, within the School of Library, Archive and knowledge Studies (SLAIS) as well as in the college of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).
The library sources open to UCL students and researchers are unrivalled:
Each one of these libraries are inside a couple of minutes’ walking distance of UCL.
Research Study Proposals
Admittance to an investigation degree programme is generally determined by the submission of the detailed research study proposal.
The proposal, which generally is a document which is between 1000 and 3000 words, should cover things like:
- Section of research, by having an symbol of the scope, genres, styles, periods, authors and/or primary texts
- Research questions that the project will address
- Methodology to become used in addressing the study questions
- Disciplinary and wider relevance from the project
- Current condition of understanding within the relevant area, as recorded in key publications
- Specific contribution to understanding that the project promises to make
- Practical facets of the work, like the location of relevant materials as well as an initial time-path
- Your appropriateness to handle the work.
- Current charges are on the Information for Prospective Students pages.
- All prospective research students can use for UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships.
- Details could be acquired in the UCL Graduate School .
- The UCL Registry provides comprehensive information on causes of funding for those research students.
The UCL Graduate School offers a variety of induction and skills courses for those research students.
The Graduate School also hosts two Royal Literary Fund Guys, professional authors who offer one-to-one tutorials in effective academic writing for native and non-native loudspeakers of British.
The College of Library, Archive and knowledge Studies (SLAIS) provides a web-based self-access course on ‘Information Sources for that Humanities’ with the electronic learning atmosphere WebCT.
Translation-specific research training can be obtained too.
Students can attend various research training summer time schools, such as the two-week residential Translation Research Summer time School (TRSS) which UCL runs jointly using the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh within the last two days of June each year.
UCL students may take part totally free.