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Doctorate in Translation and Intercultural Studies

In accordance with current Spanish law (RD 2541 2011), the PhD program in Translation and Intercultural Studies involves only the thesis-writing stage. It is preceded by our research Masters in Translation and Intercultural Studies It has no residency requirement.


The fees for the program are about 400 euros a year, plus about 65 euros for the academic transcript and 70 euros for educational services.The one-off fee for recognition of non-Spanish qualifications is 200 euros. Please check the current fees here.


The maximum period of study is three years full-time and five years part-time. The 2011 law allows for some extensions.


Theses may be written in any language for which supervisors and evaluators can be found. This normally means English, Spanish, Catalan, French or German. Preference is for work in English.


Due to limited supervision capacity, we are currently admitting no new candidates into the program.

Candidates admitted to the program are required to hold a research-based Masters with at least 60 credits ECTS. Priority is given to candidates who have completed our own research Masters in Translation and Intercultural Studies, and to those who present polished research projects in areas of interest to the Intercultural Studies Group (currently translation technologies and the sociology of intercultural mediation).

Candidates also have to demonstrate that their English is at CEFR level C1 ("Effective Operational Proficiency"). This can be through any of the following: 1) a degree in English, 2) a degree from an English-speaking university, 3) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, 4) Level 5 from an Official Language School in Spain, 5) a degree in Translation with English as language A or B.

Admission to the program can take place in the first 10 days of any month, from November to June.

Competencies recquired prior to defense of the dissertation

Although there are no formal courses, group seminars are held to ensure that a range of specific and transversal competencies are or have been acquired. The seminars are both face-to-face and online. See here for the current list of skill sets.

Quality assurance mechanisms

The URV quality assurance process is outlined here in Spanish. Additional quality assurance is planned as part of an Erasmus Mundus consortium application, to be presented in 2011.


Initial application may be made by sending: 1) full curriculum vitae, 2), two-page Statement of Intention in English, 3) research proposal, including topic, hypotheses, literature review and references (four or five pages), 4) full transcripts of all degrees and diplomas. Those documents should be posted to:

Anthony Pym
URV Intercultural Studies Group
Av. Catalunya 35
43002 Tarragona

Successful candidates are then invited to apply for full enrollment, for which they will require fully legalized academic documents with sworn translations in Spanish (see official information here).

Official enrollment procedures

The complete enrollment procedure is as follows:

A. Presentation of dossier

Candidates present their dossier to the Secretary of the Department of English and German Studies. This can be done between the 1st and the 10th of each month.

The dossier must comprise:

1. Request for admission. The form can be downloaded by clicking here, where you will also find an official description of the process.

2. Curriculum vitae, in English, Spanish or Catalan.

3. Statement of intentions: A three-page letter in English outlining the area and topic you want to study, who your supervisor will be, and the reasons why you want to complete the doctoral thesis in this program.

4. If you have completed the URV Masters in Translation and Intercultural Studies, attach a certified photocopy of your Masters degree or proof that you have paid for delivery of the degree. 

5. If you have completed your Masters elsewhere, please consult the above website for the list of documents to be presented.

B. Acceptance

Between the 15th and the 20th of the month in which you present your dossier, you will receive notification by email of acceptance or refusal.

C. Tutorial

Once admitted, you will receive information on the day and time you must meet with your supervisor for a tutorial. This may be online.

D. Enrollment

Enrollment is then completed at the URV Servei de Gestió Acadèmica (Academic Management Service) between the 25th and the 30th of each month (from October to June inclusive).

The following documents must be presented:

  1. The dossier presented for admission to the program (see above)
  2. Personal details form, indicating the additional services you may want to pay for (sports, insurance).
  3. One passport photograph
  4. Photocopy of your bank details (account number, etc.) if you have an account in a bank in Spain, Portugal, Germany and possibly some other European countries (check current information). This is so that your fees can be taken automatically from your bank account each year.
  5. If you are claiming a fee exemption or reduction, you must present the forms justifying this.  

It is not necessary to complete the enrollment in the same month in which you are accepted.

E. Registration of the thesis topic

During the academic year in which you are enrolled, and within the time limit set by the department and/or by the thesis supervisor, you must officially register your thesis.

The registration requires a title and a ten-page research design.

© Intercultural Studies Group 2013
Researching mediation between cultures
Ave. Catalunya, 35
E-43002 Tarragona, Spain