PhD Studies


“The Centre for Translation Studies at UCL invites applications from students wishing to study for the degree of PhD by undertaking research in any area or discipline related to Translation. All applicants must approach the convenor of the CenTraS programmes, Dr Jorge Díaz-Cintas, with their proposals before applying. Applications which are received without the agreement of the convenor will not be considered.

For more detailed information, please read our Research Student Handbook.


Unlike taught courses, which start in September, it is possible to start a research degree any month of the year.

For full-time students the minimum period of study is normally three years. For those studying on a part-time basis, the College will prescribe a minimum period of attendance appropriate to the particular circumstances.

Research Facilities

As a research student at UCL you are able to use the networked computers in the departmental PhD room and have access to all the research libraries in London. You may, for instance, use without charge the entensive Library of the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), that of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at UCL, the Spanish history holdings of the Library of King's College London or the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Translation Studies holdings at UCL. Furthermore, the world-famous British Library is only a short walk from the UCL Bloomsbury campus where the programme is situated.

Graduate School

The UCL Graduate School aims to enhance the student experience through offering the finest environment for personal and academic development.

In all its different activities, the UCL Graduate School is important in providing both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. The Graduate School is here to help make rewarding contacts outside the close confines of the laboratory or the library, whether within UCL or outside in the wider world.

It also offers a comprehensive Skills Development Programme for research students to enhance your time at UCL and to give you the opportunity to expand your generic research skills and personal transferable skills. These skills are intended to help your research at UCL and also to enhance your life skills and employability.

Language Learning

If you want to improve your command of a foreign language or to embark on a new one, evening classes at all levels from beginners to advanced are offered by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. The centre offers a wide range of languages including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.