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The primary objective of the doctoral program in translation studies is to produce qualified scholars in the field for academic teaching and research.

The doctoral program will focus on:

  • Theories, history and pedagogy of translation as inter-lingual and intercultural communication.
  • Lexicology, terminology, and technologies as applied to translation.

Since translation is interdisciplinary, the doctoral program may collaborate with disciplines in other units such as Law, English, Canadian Studies, French, Modern Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, Philosophy, as well as the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE). However, the administration of the program is the sole responsibility of the School of Translation and Interpretation.

This full-time program consists of four courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis.

The department offers a collaborative program in Canadian Studies at the PhD level. For more information on this program, see “Admission”.

The programs operate within the general framework of the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website.

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.translation.uottawa.ca




BASALAMAH, Salah, Associate Professor
Translation studies (theory); postcolonialism; cultural studies; philosophy of translation; translation and law (copyright)

BOWKER, Lynne, Associate Professor
Machine (-assisted) translation; corpus linguistics; terminology; translation pedagogy; organization of information

BRISSET, Annie, Full Professor
Discourse analyses; culture and translation; translation theory; pedagogy of translation and interpretation (curriculum development)

CHARRON, Marc, Associate Professor
Literary translation; translation methodology ; adaptation; translation studies ; hispanic literatures ; new media sociology

FOLKART, Barbara, Adjunct Professor
Translation and enunciation; modes of writing; literary of translation

FOZ, Clara, Associate Professor
History of translation; hispanic translation; technical translation (pedagogy)

FRASER, Ryan, Assistant Professor

GRUTMAN, Rainier, Full Professor
Bilingual writers and multilingual writing (involving combinations of French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German), self-translation (in Canada, Spain and Belgium), the poetics and politics of intertextuality - in particular in the Romantic era

LE BLANC, Charles, Associate Professor
Literary translation; History of translation; German philosophy, Classics

MARSHMAN, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor
Corpus-based terminology; conceptual relation extraction; translation and terminology tools

QUIRION, Jean, Associate Professor
Terminology; Terminometrics; Translation technologies; Language planning

TELMISSANY, May, Associate Professor
Arab cinema and culture; contemporary Arab literature; literary theory; film theory; intercultural relations and multiculturalism; Arab Canadian Studies

VON FLOTOW, Luise, Full Professor
Literary translation; gender and translation; audiovisual translation; Canadian studies

WILLIAMS, Malcolm, Replacement Professor
Translation teaching (quality assessment)

MA in Translation Studies or equivalent, with a minimum average of B+ (75%). Applicants are required to submit a one- or two-page summary of their proposed research project. Applicants are also required to respond to a questionnaire concerning their background preparation.

Students with a master's containing a translation component but which is not equivalent to a master's in translation studies may be considered for admission at the master's level, with the possibility of transferring into the doctoral program after four courses, if they obtain an average of A- (80%).

Students registered in the master's program in Translation Studies at the University of Ottawa who have obtained excellent results may exceptionally be admitted into the doctoral program without a master's thesis. Please note that the minimal admission average requirements for the doctoral program must also be met. To take advantage of this option, they must: a) obtain A- average in six master's courses, and b)submit a major research paper of about 30 pages (TRA7998). This paper will be evaluated for research potential by a committee consisting of at least two members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS). Admission will be dependent on the availability of a thesis supervisor in the applicant's area of research interest.

Transfer from MA to PhD

In exceptional circumstances, it is possible to transfer from the MA program at the School of Translation and Interpretation (STI) directly into the PhD program under the following conditions:

  • Completion of the 3 mandatory MA courses, plus one more MA course, with a grade of A (85%) in each course;
  • Completion of a 40 page research paper (TRA7998) under the supervision of a professor who is the potential PhD thesis supervisor;
  • Written recommendation for transfer from the supervisor of the paper and from the Graduate Studies Committee.

The transfer must take place within sixteen months of initial registration in the master’s. Students permitted to transfer will complete a total of 8 courses (24 credits), 6 courses while registered in the master’s and 2 while registered in the PhD. Following transfer, the following requirements must be met: 2 courses (6 credits), the comprehensive exam, the thesis proposal and the thesis.

Language requirements

Students must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Proficiency in English and French. Knowledge of a third language will be an asset.

  2. or

  3. Proficiency in English and another language. In this case, a good passive knowledge of French is required.

  4. or

  5. Proficiency in French and another language. In this case, a good passive knowledge of English is required.

The School of Translation and Interpretation (STI) reserves the right to test the linguistic knowledge of applicants.

Admission Procedure

Applications for admission are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Translation and Interpretation, and must also meet the general requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the University. In addition to completing our on-line application and paying the application fee to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre, students must also assemble all relevant documentation and forward the complete application package to the director of the School of Translation and Interpretation. Applications will not be processed without the application fee and the complete file.

To find the application deadline, please check the “program-specific requirements” under Application Procedures and Information at the following address: www.grad.uottawa.ca/apply.

Collaborative Program in Canadian Studies at the PhD Level

The School of Translation and Interpretation is a participating unit in the Collaborative program in Canadian Studies at the PhD level. This program has been established for students wishing to enrich their training in Translation by including an interdisciplinary component in Canadian Studies. The Canadian Studies Seminar (CDN 6910) fits into the departmental course requirements and does not add to the number of courses required for the PhD in Translation Studies.

To be admitted to the program, students must be registered in or have successfully completed at least one graduate course in history with Canadian content. The mention "Specialization in Canadian Studies" will be added to the diploma of students who pass the CDN 6910 seminar and successfully defend a thesis on a Canadian topic in Translation.

For further details, please consult the Canadian Studies website of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

  • Four courses (12 credits) of which two are compulsory:
  • TRA6984 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE I / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES I (3cr.)

    TRA6985 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE II / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES II (3cr.)

    Two other graduate courses related to the student's fields of interest. These courses, chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor, may be taken in Translation and/or in other related fields.

    NOTE: Upon admission, one or two additional or substitute courses at the 5000 or 6000 level may, at the discretion of the STI, be added to complete the student's background.

  • Comprehensive Examination (TRA9998)
  • Doctoral Thesis (TRA9999)

Transfer from MA to PhD

The transfer must take place within sixteen months of initial registration in the master’s. Students permitted to transfer will complete a total of 8 courses (24 credits), 6 courses while registered in the master’s and 2 while registered in the PhD. Following transfer, the following requirements must be met: 2 courses (6 credits), the comprehensive exam, the thesis proposal and the thesis.

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits), the thesis proposal, or whose research progress is deemed unsatisfactory are required to withdraw.

Residence

Doctoral candidates who hold a master's degree or the equivalent in the same discipline must spend at least six sessions in full-time residence, at the beginning of their program. Candidates admitted to a doctoral program who do not hold a master's degree must spend at least nine sessions in full-time residence.

Duration of the Program

Students are expected to complete all requirements within four years. The maximum time permitted is six years from the date of initial registration in the program.

Thesis Advisory Committee

During the first session of the program, a thesis advisory committee (TAC) is formed for the candidate. The Committee’s membership will be determined by the specific interests of the candidate. It will be composed of the supervisor and 2-3 additional professors. At least one member of the thesis committee, in addition to the supervisor, must be form the Faculty of Arts. The TAC is responsible for guiding the student throughout the program, including course selection, the comprehensive examination, thesis proposal, and thesis defense.

A meeting between the student and the Thesis Advisory Committee will take place at least once per session. The thesis examining board may include members who are not part of the TAC.

TRA5901 HISTOIRE DE LA TRADUCTION / HISTORY OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA5902 THÉORIES DE LA TRADUCTION / THEORIES OF TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA5903 INFORMATIQUE ET TRADUCTION / COMPUTERS AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA5905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE ET DOCUMENTATION / LEXICOLOGY, TERMINOLOGY AND DOCUMENTATION (3cr.)

TRA5906 LANGUE ET TRADUCTION / LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA5909 PÉDAGOGIE DE LA TRADUCTION / DIDACTICS OF TRANSLATOR TRAINING (3cr.)

TRA5912 TRADUCTION LITTÉRAIRE / LITERARY TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA5913 ADAPTATION / ADAPTATION (3cr.)

TRA5916 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION I / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP I (3cr.)

TRA5917 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION II / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP II (3cr.)

TRA5918 ATELIER DE TRADUCTION III / TRANSLATION WORKSHOP III (3cr.)

TRA5920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES I / GUIDED RESEARCH I (3cr.)

TRA5930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES II / GUIDED RESEARCH II (3cr.)

TRA5941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM SPANISH INTO ENGLISH (3cr.)

TRA5942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DE L'ESPAGNOL VERS LE FRANÇAIS (3cr.)

TRA6902 DISCOURS ET TRADUCTION / DISCOURSE AND TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA6903 TRADUCTION AUTOMATIQUE / MACHINE TRANSLATION (3cr.)
Préalable : TRA 5903 ou permission du professeur. / Prerequisite: TRA 5903 or permission of the professor.

TRA6905 LEXICOLOGIE, TERMINOLOGIE APPLIQUÉE / APPLIED LEXICOLOGY AND TERMINOLOGY (3cr.)
Préalable : TRA 5905 ou permission du professeur. / Prerequisite: TRA 5905 or permission of the professor.

TRA6906 TRADUCTION TECHNIQUE ET SPÉCIALISÉE / TECHNICAL AND OTHER SPECIALIZED TRANSLATION (3cr.)

TRA6907 THÉORIE DE L'INTERPRÉTATION / THEORY OF INTERPRETATION (3cr.)

TRA6908 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)

TRA6911 MÉTHODOLOGIE DE LA RECHERCHE TRADUCTOLOGIQUE / RESEARCH METHODS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES (3cr.)

TRA6920 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES III / GUIDED RESEARCH III (3cr.)

TRA6930 ÉTUDES DIRIGÉES IV / GUIDED RESEARCH IV (3cr.)

TRA6941 ADVANCED TRANSLATION FROM ENGLISH INTO SPANISH (3cr.)

TRA6942 TRADUCTION AVANCÉE DU FRANÇAIS VERS L'ESPAGNOL (3cr.)

TRA6980 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE I / RESEARCH SEMINAR I (3cr.)

TRA6981 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE II / RESEARCH SEMINAR II (3cr.)

TRA6982 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE III / RESEARCH SEMINAR III (3cr.)

TRA6983 SÉMINAIRE DE RECHERCHE IV / RESEARCH SEMINAR IV (3cr.)

TRA6984 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE I / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES I (3cr.)
Exploration des plus récents développements en traductologie dans la double optique des sciences humaines et des études interculturelles. / An intercultural and humanities-based perspective on contemporary trends in Translation Studies.

TRA6985 COURANTS ACTUELS EN TRADUCTOLOGIE II / DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSLATION STUDIES II (3cr.)
Perspectives actuelles en études traductologiques : aspects terminologiques, lexicologiques, technologiques et domaines connexes. / Trends in Translation Studies, with a focus on developments in terminology, lexicology, technology and related fields.

TRA7993 TRADUCTION COMMENTÉE / COMMENTED TRANSLATION

TRA7994 FICHIER TERMINOLOGIQUE OU LEXICOGRAPHIQUE COMMENTÉ / COMMENTED TERMINOLOGY OR LEXICOGRAPHY FILE

TRA7998 TRAVAIL DE RECHERCHE / RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

TRA7999 RECHERCHE ET THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / THESIS RESEARCH (MA)

TRA9998 EXAMEN DE SYNTHÈSE / COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

TRA9999 THÈSE DE DOCTORAT / DOCTORAL THESIS

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