MA Translation and Interpreting Studies

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Research Methods in Translation and Intercultural Studies

Course unit fact file
Unit code ICOM70201
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit focuses on a range of skills and methods which are of relevance for translation and intercultural studies research, providing training in specific research methods, giving students the tools to evaluate existing research and to apply research findings appropriately in their own academic work. The course covers an introduction to research trends in related areas, discussions about the development of research topics and the overall process of a research project, and specific research methods used in translation and intercultural studies research (e.g. surveys and interviews, textual analysis, ethnography, etc.).

By the end of the unit, students will be able to apply their knowledge of research methods to existing research in order to critically evaluate it in some depth. They will also have enough familiarity with the research process and with research methods to make informed decisions about their own potential future research work, and to design credible research projects.

A full course unit outline will be provided in class at the beginning of the semester.


Available on which programme(s)? - MAIC, MATIS


  • To support students in developing the ability to research and evaluate potential research topics and areas
  • To give students the tools to complete in-depth analysis of methodological issues in existing research
  • To prepare students for future research design projects

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of different research methods, and the opportunities and drawbacks presented by them
  • Learn about current areas of research in translation and intercultural studies

Intellectual skills

  • Evaluating existing research in methodological terms
  • Assess the relevance of existing research to potential research topic areas
  • Summarize and discuss the implications of existing research and the methods used, both in writing and in conversation

Practical skills

  • Conduct bibliographical research on a specific topic area
  • Write coherent summaries and evaluations of existing work

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop written and oral communication on technical topics
  • Develop confidence as a potential researcher or user of research

Employability skills

Project management
Work independently on a self-designed project
Find and evaluate materials relevant to a particular area or aim
Time management

Assessment methods

Assessment task:

Assignment 1: Group presentation on Research Ethics (asynchronous, pre-recorded) - 25%

Assignment 2: Individual essay on research methods - 75%


Resit assessment:

Students will resit Assignment 2.

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Oral feedback in class on class discussions and group work


Written feedback on written work

Formative and summative


Recommended reading

Creswell, J. (2014) Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. 4th edn. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.   

Denzin, Norman and Yvonna Lincoln, eds. 2011. The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks etc: Sage.

McKinley, J. and Rose, H. (2020) The Routledge handbook of research in applied linguistics. London: Routledge.  

Saldanha, Gabriela and Sharon O’Brien. 2013. Research Methodologies in Translation StudiesLondon and New York: Routledge

Williams, Jenny and Andrew Chesterman. 2002. The Map: A beginner’s guide to doing research in translation studies. London and New York: Routledge.

Zhu Hua, ed. 2016. Research Methods in Intercultural Communication. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Bei Ju Unit coordinator

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