The Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS) taught postgraduate and PhD programmes are highly successful and respected programmes both nationally and internationally. Both programmes benefit from the extensive research expertise of CTISS members.

Taught postgraduate programmes

For more information about our taught postgraduate programme, please visit Heriot-Watt University's online prospectus:

  • Arabic-English Translating And Conference Interpreting
  • Arabic-English Translation And Computer-Assisted Translation Tools
  • Chinese-English Translating And Conference Interpreting
  • Chinese-English Translation And Computer-Assisted Translation Tools
  • Translating And Conference Interpreting
  • Translation And Computer-Assisted Translation Tools
  • Translation And European Studies

PhD programmes

We seek to recruit research students in our three main areas of research and welcome enquiries from suitably qualified candidates.

CTISS membership presents a diverse and distinctive range of supervisory specialisms within a stimulating and supportive environment. Doctoral research is structured around core concerns in translation, interpreting, intercultural communication and linguistics. The Centre has a good record of guiding doctoral candidates into research-active careers.

In addition to the normal facilities, guidance and monitoring, the university offers extensive study input to all new students, covering time management, informational retrieval, ICT, communication and presentation skills.

Furthermore, the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) runs a discipline-specific seminar series comprising both training seminars and work-in-progress sessions led both by research-active members of staff and PhD candidates.

Hand-in-hand with a reflexive performance review process and more generic research skills development workshops, the approach has increased coherence and collegiality within the PhD community. Students are encouraged to engage actively with the activities of CTISS and to work alongside its members, which has developed a strong sense of community within the doctoral student body.


LINCS annually advertises highly competitive scholarships that target students with outstanding potential, both in terms of their research proposals and of the contribution that they can make to departmental activities. Doctoral candidates are eligible for AHRC funding (subject to the award stipulations). In addition, LINCS also receives a steady number of applications from candidates who are sponsored, e.g., by Governments and other institutions.