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Language and Communication (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
1-2 Years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2022

January 2023

April 2023

July 2023

About this program

Language and Communication (Research)

Our students’ interests are wide-ranging and we welcome applications from capable candidates who want to investigate topics across language and communication. The PhD program empowers candidates both to produce innovative research and to develop themselves as independent and intellectually creative scholars.

The PhD in Language and Communication is a three-year (FT), 5-year (PT) degree which offers candidates the opportunity to research a topic that interests and excites them and falls within the expertise of staff in the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

program aims

  • The research program offers knowledge and expertise to take you on to a role in higher education, or employment requiring high-level skills in research or advanced subject knowledge.
  • The program recruits a diverse range of Home/EU and international students who want to engage in a research environment characterised by world-leading research expertise in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, language and linguistics.

Distinctive features

  • We offer the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of staff research projects.
  • We offer teaching opportunities on the undergraduate program, and PhD students can undertake the School’s unique "Learning to Teach" program, accredited by the Higher Education Academy.
  • We run regular research seminars featuring staff and visiting speakers, together with a weekly postgraduate research seminar series and the academic session is rounded off with an annual postgraduate research conference.
  • Full-time PhD students are allocated study spaces with computing facilities, networked information and access to email and the internet.
  • Funding across the period of a PhD candidature is available for students to attend conferences and workshops, or undertake library/archive visits related to their PhD studies.

Admission requirements

A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is normally required, in a suitable field (such as Linguistics, Communication, Media Studies, Languages, some Social Sciences, English Literature and Humanities).

Successful applicants to the program will also have demonstrated a strong performance at Master’s level in a subject related to linguistics, will have completed a course in research methods, and will have some experience of conducting empirical research (possibly as part of the master’s degree).

All PhD candidates are required to have adequate research training. If lacking such training, they will be considered for the MA in Language and Communication Research with progression to the 3-year PhD program. During the MA year, in order to progress to the PhD program students are required to obtain a minimum of 65% in at least 3 of the taught modules, and to obtain a dissertation mark of at least 65%. If you are uncertain whether you would be eligible to be considered for direct entry onto the PhD program, please see the flow chart.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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