Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2018 entry by residency status are as follows:

PhD fees for Home/EU students are £4,256 for full-time studies and £2,128 for part-time studies.

PhD fees for overseas students are £14,520 for full-time studies and £7,260 part-time studies.

Information about scholarships for the next academic year will appear on this page when appropriate.  

Languages and Intercultural Studies Scholarships

The LINCS PhD programme is highly successful and respected both nationally and internationally. Recent graduates, who benefit from the extensive research contacts of staff across the world, have gained employment in a range of academic positions.

LINCS is committed to conducting theoretically advanced and socially-useful research which is relevant to the academic community and also engages with public interest. It incorporates the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS): The aims of the Centre include the investigation of the nature of the process of translating and interpreting, as well as of their products. It is one of only four UK institutions that belong to CIUTI (Conférence Internationale d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes).

All applications will be reviewed within the relevant department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team.  Short listed applicants must have either the equivalent of a 1st class honours undergraduate degree, or a Masters degree with an average mark of 65% or higher and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher. 

Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact

Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

Please submit your application using our online form.

Under Application Type please select Research PG from the options.   In the section Planned Programme of Study please select Languages PhD from the options.  Once you have completed your application, ensure that you click "Application is Complete" on the Checklist.  If you have any problems with the online application process please email your query to

Please state clearly on your application if your application should be considered immediately, or only for the next available Heriot-Watt University Scholarship.  

In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application: 

1. Research Proposal (approximately 5 – 8 pages)  

The research proposal should contain as much as possible of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; a summary of some of the relevant literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research e.g. practical value of the research or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology.  At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues. Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.

2. Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates

Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded.  If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide all available marks to date.

3. English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.   For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  

Learn more about Knowlege of English requirements.

4. References

If you have references available these should be submitted with your application.  If they are not currently available please ensure that you provide the names and contact details, including email addresses, of two academic referees on the application form.

Candidates may also submit a Curriculum Vitae.