Research course

Language and Communication

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

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 of 7.0 or more 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.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

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.

This programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise in a range of research areas, including:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Media communication
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Multimodality
  • Professional and workplace communication
  • Discourse analysis
  • Systemic functional linguistics
  • Language education
  • Applied linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Language in legal settings
  • Interpersonal and intergroup communication
  • Formulaic language
  • Global Communication

Full details of this PhD programme can be found on our website:

Information for international students

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

ENCAP Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)29 2087 0322