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  • 2009-06-15
  • Spain
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Departament de Traducció i d’Interpretació, Àrea de Traducció i d’Interpretació
  • Pilar Orero Clavero
  • Coordinadora de Doctorat
  • Christiane Nord
  • only to our institution
  • The Translation and Interpretation Department at the U.A.B. (Autonomous University of Barcelona) offers:
    - A Doctorate in Translation and Intercultural Studies that is directly related to Translation studies and has a “Quality Certificate” conferred on it by the Spanish Ministry.
  • Three years, though it may be possible to ask for an extension.
  • Yes, and from UAB powers that be they are keen for us to develop a European Erasmus Mundus PhD
  • Students should have 300 ECTS of which 60 credits are PG. Of the 60 ECTS from PG 15 should be of some dissertation with research component.
  • Yes. Most of our students come from the translation area, but we do have some students, especially foreigners, who come from related areas, such as philosophy, philology, comparative literature, etc.
  • (Current situation)
    We are beginning to change the orientation. While in the past PhDs were on a one-to-one basis, this format is being changed to the PhD student belonging to a research group where they do their research and from where will have a grant to research the topic which is given by the Research Group. This is early days and not many PhDs at present follow this format, though we already have some.
    The acceptance of PhD is done through a PhD Commission (formed by 6 people). The applicant fills in an application form and from there a PhD supervisor is found. The applicant has to draft the PhD proposal along with the PhD supervisor.
  • (Current situation)
    Doctorate: €150 per year plus taxes plus the defense of the thesis and the diploma

    There are pre-doctoral grants/salaries:
    a) Funded internally by UAB*
    b) Funded by the Catalan Government*
    c) Funded by the Spanish Ministry*
    d) Funded by the EU, such as the Marie Curie, or the LLL*
    e) Funded by private institutions, such as La Caixa.
    f) Funded directly by a Research group*

    * These scholarships are associated to a Research Group and they are allocated to a certain projects which have managed to secure some funding towards their research projects in an open competitive national/state call.
  • There are no compulsory courses or seminar being organized. Students may attend on a voluntary basis any of the seminars/activities on offer by the Research Groups.

    It may be the case that acceptance to the PhD Studies – taking into account the background – is conditioned by some compulsory course/research dissertation, etc. In such case students will have to take the courses either in the MA degree, or in the form of a dissertation, or in the newly created Summer School.

    We have started to organize a Summer PhD. It has 15 ECTS.
    To see the programme please go to:
  • Yes/No it depends of background.
  • PhD students are now integrated within the Department Research Scheme. That is students are offered a physical research environment and facilities. They are also encouraged by the Dept to apply to scholarships, and information is supplied in that respect. The Dept. has also created a Young Scholars Symposium, which has a biannual frequency, and PhD students are encouraged to attend.

    How students are integrated to a National/International research network, etc. it very much depends on the nature of the Research Group they are working with.
  • Three years.
    Language: the university has Catalan/Spanish/English as standard languages, but for Philologies and Translation the PhD may be written in any language which has a direct link with the topic.
  • Yes. State founded by the Spanish Ministry and National by the Catalan Govmt.

    The Spanish Ministry offers 2 types of mobility scholarships.
    a) For those who are following a European PhD, where the UAB PhD student goes to a European University.
    b) Because the Translation Studies has the Ministry Quality Certificate. For those PhD students not living in Barcelona, and who wish to move to Barcelona to pursue their PhD.

    There is also the possibility for opting for a European PhD.
  • -Who is entitled to supervise?
    Any member of the staff in the Dept. with a PhD and a recognized research background.
    (In Spain research is officially recognized by “periods” of six years).

    -What are the required formal qualifications?
    PhD and recognized research period.

    -Can supervisors come from a different university or country? Is their role defined explicitly?
    Supervisors can be from outside, but they will need a tutor from UAB. Co-supervisors may be from anywhere, as long as the other co-supervisor belongs to the Translation Dept.
  • Three, Yes, Quite
  • Supervision depends 100% on the relationship established by the PhD student/supervisor.
    PhD students are monitored yearly. They have to defend their progress in a viva voce exercise with a panel of three PhD members. They may fail and in that case they cease to be PhD students associated to the Dept.
  • Viva voce examination before a panel of three doctors. Only one doctor for each institution.

    -Referees, pre–publication evaluation, committee/jury, public defense/examination (viva), grades (their definition):

    PhD before submission has to have the positive report by the PhD supervisor.
    Viva will be with three doctors, only one from each institution.
    Grades will be: no apte (failed), aprovat (pass), notable (good) i excel•lent (excellent). In some cases when the overall mark is excellent and there is an unanimous agreement it can be granted cum laude.
  • All the info regarding the PhD can be consulted at state level in

    or at national level at
  • It is early days, we’ve only started this new system in October 2008.
  • Yes attached in another document.

    I would like to add that at UAB it has been established the ratio of max five PhD students per lecturer.