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Translation and Intercultural Studies MPhil - 2014 entry | The University of Manchester
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Translation and Intercultural Studies MPhil

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Programme description

The Centre for Translation and Intercultural has the largest concentration of translation studies specialists in the country. It attracts visiting scholars and postgraduate students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. By collaborating with experts elsewhere in SLLC, in fields such as literary studies, linguistics, intellectual, social and cultural history and theory, CTIS provides unique opportunities - particularly at PhD level - for postgraduates in translation studies, both in core areas of the discipline and at its interdisciplinary cutting edge.

CTIS provides an excellent environment for research, organising regular scholarly events. These include a series of weekly seminars, which attract a large national audience of researchers, students and professional translators. The CTIS seminars form an important part of students' initiation into scholarly research, and offer students valuable opportunities for informal contact with leading academics. Recent international conferences and symposia which CTIS has hosted and/or co-organized include Research Models in Translation Studies (Manchester, 2000) and Corpus-based Translation Studies: Research and Applications (Pretoria, South Africa, 2003). More recently still, CTIS has co-organized Translation and Conflict II (2006) with the University of Salford (UK) and Kent State University (USA).

The Centre houses the world's first and largest computerised corpus of translated text. The Translational English Corpus, and the necessary software for processing it, are freely available to the research community via the Centre's website. This substantial resource, supported in the past by funding from the British Academy, has spearheaded the development of a unique research methodology which has informed the work of numerous research students (at Manchester and elsewhere) and various research programmes around the world, including projects in Finland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Brazil.

Teaching and learning

The MPhil is suitable for students who wish to undertake original research over a shorter period than the PhD. It involves one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. A satisfactory MPhil topic is one that a suitably qualified and properly supervised student can bring to completion within the permitted timeframe. Please note, all MPhil students are required to undertake Research Training as part of their MPhil programme.

Coursework and assessment

Your research will normally be supervised by two members of staff at the University. Your supervisors will most likely be members of the School, but if your research requires it, the School or Subject area may arrange for supervision by someone outside the School. Supervisory arrangements at Manchester are governed by a Code of Practice which is available on the University's website. Regular meetings will be held with the supervisors, and details of each of the meetings will be recorded. Research Panels (consisting of at least three academic staff, including the supervisors) are held once per semester to monitor progress.

Facilities

For more information on the facilities available within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, please visit http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/graduateschool/places/

In addition, the University has five major computer clusters, together with many smaller clusters. In total there are more than 10,000 PCs and workstations across the campus. All provide access to standard office software as well as specialist programs, and all are connected to the campus network and internet. Every student is registered for email, file storage and internet access. If more demanding computer access is required, our specialist computing division Manchester Computing can provide high-end and specialist computing services.

The  University of Manchester Library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK and is widely recognised as one of the world's greatest research libraries. We also have one of the largest academic IT services in Europe - supporting world-class teaching and research.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk