New perspectives on translation and interpreting

Current research

CTI staff, doctoral researchers and visiting scholars are conducting innovative research in a wide range of topics in translation and interpreting. Areas currently being researched at CTI include:

  • Literary translation
  • Translation ethics
  • Theatre translation
  • Translation and the media
  • Translation of sacred texts
  • Translation in online contexts
  • Public Service interpreting
  • Court and legal interpreting
  • Translator and interpreter training
  • Sign language interpreting
  • Media accessibility

See our people page for more details on individual researchers’ areas of focus.

We hold research seminars with guest speakers every Monday evening during term time and our PhD students meet every Thursday at the Translation and Interpreting Forum to discuss and present their ongoing research.

Check out our Facebook  and Twitter  pages for regular updates on our research activities.

For more information on being a visiting scholar see our visiting scholar page.


Guidance on applying to our PhD programmes

To become a PhD candidate at QUB you must submit an application through our online applications portal. Before submitting a formal application, however, we strongly encourage prospective candidates to first contact their desired supervisor to discuss the research they hope to conduct. This provides an opportunity for us to confirm whether we have appropriate supervisory capacity at the time of your application and also to provide feedback on your research plans before you submit a formal application. All PhD applications must include a research proposal of no more than 1000 words (excluding references). Your proposal should include:

  • a summary of the proposed project
  • the key objectives
  • the main research questions
  • details of how your research will add to the existing academic literature (although a full literature review is not required)
  • a brief statement of wider social importance of the research

Proposals are also strengthened by the inclusion of an indicative bibliography (not counted towards the 1000 word limit) providing details of the main academic sources you expect to draw upon during your research.

In most cases, a Skype interview will also be conducted with prospective candidates. This allows us to better understand your proposed research and gives you an opportunity to get to know your supervisor and their approach.

For further information, contact Dr Neil Sadler by email at


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