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.

Indicative research areas

  • 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. We will only consider proposals for empirical studies. Supervision is usually offered in French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


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.