PhD in Translation Studies

The PhD is an opportunity to engage in advanced research. This research can be carried out in a variety of areas within the Faculty of Arts, provided that supervision is available and the research proposal and supervision arrangements are provided by the University.

The PhD consists of a thesis of an internationally recognised standard that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in its field. Normally the thesis may not exceed 100,000 words or 250 pages. An oral examination takes place after the thesis has been submitted.

Research opportunities

We offer supervision for a wide range of topics in Translation Studies, including contemporary translation practices involving translation technology and multimedia, as well as literary translation.

You can pursue research in areas such as:

  • Process-oriented research, especially with regard to the use of electronic tools and resources
  • Cognitive translation studies
  • Information literacy for translators and interpreters
  • Translator and interpreter training
  • Translation technology
  • Audiovisual translation and translation of new media such as video games
  • Cultural aspects of interpreting
  • Literary translation
  • Sociology of translation
  • Non-professional translation such as fan translation
  • Emerging translation practices such as translation crowdsourcing
  • Multimodal analysis of translation
  • Reception studies of translation

Solid research proposals in other areas may also be considered.

Potential supervisors

In addition to the main staff members in Translation Studies, co-supervision can be arranged for research involving a range of languages and disciplines:


Dr Danping Wang

Dr Hilary Chung


Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison

Dr Trudy Agar

Associate Professor Tracy Adams


Dr Stephan Resch

Dr Nicole Perry


Professor Bernadette Luciano

Dr Franco Manai


Dr Lawrence Marceau

Dr Ellen Nakamura


Dr Mark Swift


Dr Kathryn Lehman

Dr Wendy-Llyn Zaza

Comparative Literature

Associate Professor Mark Amsler

Dr Nicole Perry

Applied Linguistics

Associate Professor Michael Barlow

Dr Louisa Buckingham

Dr Shaofeng Li


The PhD is expected to be completed in three or four full-time years, although it may be possible to complete on a part-time basis.


The usual requirement is a Master's degree with Honours (First Class or Second Class, First Division) from the University of Auckland, or an approved equivalent qualification. You must also have demonstrated an ability to pursue doctoral level research. All candidates must submit a research proposal and obtain registration.