Postgraduate research

We offer excellent PhD programmes in Translation and Intercultural Studies and Interpreting Studies at Manchester.

We boast an international reputation for our research excellence and have a strong supervisory record on a wide variety of topics related to translation, interpreting and intercultural studies. Our PhD students can also benefit from co-supervision across the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, one of the largest in the UK. PhD research prepares you for a range of professional activities but is also the main route into an academic career. Most of the graduates from our PhD programmes hold research and teaching positions in prestigious universities throughout the world.

Why Manchester?


You'll be joining an international research community in one of the world's leading centres for translation and interpreting studies.

View our range of programmes along with the support available for our postgraduate researchers.


Finding a supervisor

We offer excellent supervision for research projects that are focused on diverse aspects of translation, interpreting or intercultural communication. Most of the research we supervise is interdisciplinary, drawing conceptually or methodologically from sociology, history, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies or other disciplines. If you are interested in applying for one of our PhD programmes, please send your enquiry to the SALC PGR Director, Dr Peter Cave, who will review your research proposal and MA grades in the first instance. If you fulfil the formal entry requirements and your proposed research falls into one of our areas of expertise, we will review your research proposal. The proposal should present a strong rationale for the research, with a clearly articulated set of research questions. It should show your familiarity with the research context and also demonstrate that you are prepared, theoretically and methodologically, to undertake the proposed project. If we have the necessary supervisory capacity, we will then advise you on the next steps in the application process

Your supervision is led by a main supervisor and supported by a co-supervisor/second supervisor. An independent reviewer also serves on your supervisory panel, and specialists from other disciplines may also participate in your supervision, depending on the nature of your project. You will have frequent meetings with your supervisor(s) and a formal review of your progress by the panel every six months. Our close supervision helps you to make consistent progress throughout your studies and to complete your research and thesis in a timely manner.

Please consult staff profiles and publications to learn more about our areas of expertise:

See our Translation and Intercultural Studies staff list

Research environment

  • You will be part of a large and active community of postgraduate scholars in translation, interpreting and intercultural communication.
  • Your supervisors are world-leading scholars with extensive experience of research training and supervision.
  • You will benefit from seminars and masterclasses by invited researchers that are designed around your training needs.
  • You will have access to outstanding library and technical resources for your studies.
  • You will be offered help and support in publishing your research, participating in conferences and developing a range of professional and personal competences.

Current PhD students

Postgraduate researchers in Translation and Intercultural Studies work on a wide range of topics. Find out what some of our current PhD students are working on.

Past PhD students

PhD graduates in Translation and Intercultural Studies have worked on many innovative research projects. Explore the profiles of some of our past PhD students.