Translation and Interpreting Studies

The PhD is a degree that takes a minimum of 2 years full-time or maximum of 4 years part-time.


PhD students in Translation and Interpreting Studies seek to advance the state of knowledge in their field by gathering substantial data, evaluating theory and generating original research. Suitable supervision must be arranged within the School for PhD study, and this is a prerequisite for admission as a candidate.


There are no courses in this programme, as it is done entirely by research.

Entry Requirements

A Master of Arts degree (Translation and Interpreting Studies or equivalent) from Wits or another university, with a 70% aggregate pass mark.

All applicants are required to compile an entrance portfolio consisting of:

  • An academic transcript;
  • A statement of intent conceptualising the proposed research project.

There may be further assessments and/or interviews for applicants who perform satisfactorily in the entrance portfolio.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.