We offer MPhil and PhD research programmes in English (including American Literature and literary theory), World Literature, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Translation, and Creative Writing, for full or part-time study.
The MPhil/PhD Translation is a rigorous, structured interdisciplinary translation researcher training programme, which aims to enable students to acquire a solid understanding of Translation Studies scholarship, history, discourses, trends and debates, and to support students in the production of original work within this context. ‘Translation Studies’ (TS) is taken in a broad sense, and embraces research on written translation, interpreting, audiovisual translation, localization, and adaptation, among other areas.
As part of the programme, students will engage with a range of historical and contemporary resources and scholarship in TS, and learn to appropriate conceptual frameworks and methodologies, both from TS, and from a range of cognate disciplines, and to apply these to their own original work. Students will contribute to the development of the discipline, and the promotion of translation beyond the academy, by advancing their work for dissemination through conferences, symposia, and industry events, peer-reviewed publications and online forums.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature consists of some 40 scholars and creative writers whose work is acknowledged and cited internationally.
We particularly encourage cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in emerging fields of study and creative practice.
As well as working with scholars and writers of international standing, you will have the opportunity to play an active role in a vibrant research environment which includes the Richard Hoggart Lectures in Literature and Culture, the annual Goldsmiths Prize for bold and innovative fiction, and specialist seminars and colloqia offered by the Goldsmiths Writers' Centre, the Goldsmiths Literature Seminars (GLITS), the Goldsmiths Linguistics Seminars (GoldLingS), and the e-journal, GLITS-e.
Assessment is by thesis and viva voce.
Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.
North American applicants especially should note that the British system does not include preparatory taught classes or examinations as part of the MPhil/PhD programme, except for an initial course in research methods.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sarah Maitland
Applicants should normally possess at least a first degree (normally of upper second class honours standard or above) or equivalent.
Applicants should also normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.
Where an applicant possesses non-standard qualifications or equivalent experience, these will be considered.
No prior qualification in Translation Studies is required for admission to the programme, but relevant equivalent experience in contexts of translation, interculturality and language transfer must be demonstrated through the personal statement.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.