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Doctor of Philosophy (Translation and Interpretation)


This field of study addresses theoretical and practical concerns among scholars and practitioners working in various areas of translation and interpretation. Research involves a consideration of various related theories and techniques, literary translation, language and linguistics issues, cultural translation issues, human versus machine translation, and the social and economic implications of translation and interpretation.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have a Master’s degree with a CGPA of 3.20 (thesis based) or 3.50 (coursework based) or equivalent in related fields (based on the proposal presented during the application process)
  • Applicants who do not meet the CGPA requirement at the Master’s level but who possesses a CGPA of no less than 3.0 (thesis-based Master’s programme) or 3.20 (coursework-based Master’s programme) in relevant fields, can be considered for entry into the PhD programme based on work experience of at least 3 years or related academic publications.

English Language Requirement

International applicants for the five fields of study must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) or IELTS Band 6.

Semester Offered

First and Second Semester

Programme Requirements

a. Credit Requirements

Candidates pursuing the PhD programme are required to complete a minimum of 3 credits of coursework approved by the Academic Advisor/Thesis Supervisor.

b. Other Requirements

i. Thesis

SPS 6999        Doctoral Research

A doctoral candidate is required to register for the course SPS 6999 Doctoral Research. This course entails a research project and at the end of the candidature, the candidate will submit a thesis. The thesis will then be sent for examination and a viva voce will be held to determine the candidate’s competency in the area of study.


ii. Seminar

SPS6903         Seminar

A doctoral candidate is required to enroll for the SPS 6903 course that represents a defense of the research proposal. This course has to be taken as soon as the proposal has been approved by the thesis supervisory committee (not the academic advisor). The course will be assessed and the candidate will be given either a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade.

iii. Comprehensive Examination

A candidate pursuing the doctoral programme is required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination. This examination is taken upon completion of all coursework stipulated in the programme. It is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge in the area of study, and his or her ability to integrate knowledge about research and theory to address basic issues in the area concerned as well as to understand related research methods and design.

Updated:: 07/04/2013 [noorziha]


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