Survey

General
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  • 2009-07-23
  • UK
  • University of Surrey
  • Centre for Translation Studies
  • Margaret Rogers
  • Director, CTS
  • Ubaldo Stecconi
  • Only to Surrey but could well apply elsewhere in UK.
Structure
  • Depends how widely you draw TS - but broadly speaking, yes.
  • 3 years full-time (extendible with justification)
    5-6 years part-time (extendible with justification)
  • With other universities? Possibly, but we haven't been down that path yet.
Admission
  • Usually a Masters degree (so typically 5 years full time study in Higher Education).
  • Tricky: probably not. Again, it depends on how widely you draw the net of TS. Would probably advise taking our MA in Translation Studies as preparation.
  • We invite proposals in the context of what we feel competent to supervise (enquirers are referred to our website where staff interests are listed). Each proposal is reviewed by 2 or 3 readers. Feedback is provided to the applicant who is asked (or not) to revise the proposal and resend. If satisfactory, then the applicant is invited to apply formally. I am formally responsible for accepting applications.
  • The proposal is crucial (see above): it should show focus with a clear aim/research question, a knowledge of the chosen topic through an indicative bibliography and brief literature review, as well as a plan for how to go about answering the focal question/s ('method', if you like) - additionally, IELTS 7, equivalent of a merit/distinction at Masters level or equivalent, and good references highlighting potential for research (motivation, organisation, perseverance, research capability, imagination/creativity, intellectual calibre).
  • All UK universities charge tution fees, circa £3,400 p.a. for British and EU students and £9,000 p.a. for overseas students.
    CTS provides one full scholarship (tution fees at British and EU rate + maintenance) as a Graduate Teaching Assistantship every 3 years.
Programme
  • No ECTS are awareded at doctoral level.
  • The University has a generic training programme for doctoral students e.g. managing your time, writing, tackling your viva, persentation skills. This is still optional.
    We encourage our PhD students to attend selected Masters modules, depending on their individual background.
  • We organise research seminars at which stduents present their research to each other and to a wider audience.
    We support (up to a point) travel to present papers at (inter)national conferences.
    A graduate School is under discussion within the University, as well as a doctoral training centre for a UK Research Council.
  • Circa 80k words written in English. See note on registration periods above.
    A PhD can be awarded based on publications to staff only (as far as I know).
  • To a limited extent.
Supervision
  • Staff with their own PhDs. Two supervisors are normally allocated - Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor. Only staff who have successfully co-supervised a student to completion can accept their own students as Principal Supervisors.
    Collaborative registration is allowed - still a Surrey PhD but with a supervisor from (usually) the student's home university in another country acting as collaborative supervisor. Details are specified in the University Calendar. Registration period as for part time.
  • Yes, see above.
  • Regular face-to-face meetings for full-time students, based on written work submitted (and as agreed at previous supervision). Could be once every month or so, possibly every two months, depending on the stage of the research.
    More problematic for part-time students living abroad. Mostly done by email - currently extending to Skype. A visit once a year at least is usually strongly recommended for face-to-face discussions. Written feedback is given on drafts.
Assessment
  • Supervisors are not allowed to be examiners.
    The thesis is submitted by agreed date (within registration period).
    External examiner is appointed - recommended by supervisor, then subject to approval by University. depending on subject, two externals may be appointed.
    Inetrnal examiner also appointed from within the subejct area.
    Thesis is defended at viva voice, with neutral chair.
    Preliminary report submitted by examiners pre-viva; consolidated report submitted after the viva with recommendation e.g. pass, no corrections; pass subject to minor corrections; resubmit; award MPhil; fail.
  • No, but publishability is a criterion for evaluating the thesis.
Other
  • n/a
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