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Language and Communication (PhD)

3 years (PhD) (full-time) / opportunities available (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Programme Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise in a range of research areas listed below.

Special Features

Programme Description

The Centre for Language and Communication Research is one of the foremost international Centres for research, research training and teaching in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, language and linguistics. The Centre carries excellent ratings for its research from the most recent (2007) Research Assessment Exercise, in which the research environment was classified as ‘World Class’ (4*). The very high quality of the environment and of our research training means that we now form part of the new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and can offer 1 + 3 ESRC funded studentships. In pursuing your postgraduate research at the Centre you will join this excellent research environment.

For a list of staff and their research interests, please visit the School’s website.

We offer knowledge and expertise in a range of areas:

Skills Acquired

Through the MA in Language and Communication Research, as well as the training programmes offered by Cardiff University’s Graduate College, PhD students obtain a wide range of research related skills throughout their doctoral programme. A recognised higher education teaching qualification is also offered: Learning to Teach.

Career Prospects

Postgraduate study in the School is a gateway to many careers within and beyond academia. Many overseas postgraduates return to lectureships with much enhanced career prospects. Example employers in the UK include Cardiff University, HMRC, Mencap, Poetry Wales Magazine, Teach First, Welsh Government, with jobs that include Crime Intelligence Analyst, Creative Writing Lecturer, Librarian, Poet, Recruitment Consultant, Teacher, Writer.

Student Views

'I would highly recommend this vibrant community for anyone considering further education.'

Dorottya Cserzö, second year PhD student in Language and Communication.

Read Dorottya's full testimonial

'During my MA degree at Cardiff University I have found the staff extremely supportive and the atmosphere lively and inspiring. I felt that that there are many exciting opportunities here (such as the various conferences and workshops) which would allow me to make a great start on my career path, wherever I may end up. Two years into my PhD it seems that my impressions were justified, which is why I am so grateful to the staff who made it possible for me to continue my studies despite not having any funding. I would highly recommend this vibrant community for anyone considering further education.'

Entry 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).

All PhD candidates are normally required to take the MA in Language and Communication Research during their first year of candidature and obtain a minimum of 60%.

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each sub score is essential.

In the research proposal (around 1,000 words, 3-4 pages) please outline your rationale, proposed methodology, and research objectives, including a short bibliography. This should be appended to your application.

In your personal statement, we would like you to tell us about why you are applying for a PhD – what your current situation is, whether you need a PhD for your own personal development, or for professional reasons, what your experience has been to date as a student/researcher/teacher in the area of English Language and Communication, and why you have chosen Cardiff as an appropriate research environment for your particular area of interest.

In addition to the research proposal and personal statement you will need to provide two academic references and copies of degree certificates and transcripts.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees: 1st October, 1st January, 1st April, or 1st July

School Contact

Name: ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0322 



School Website:

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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