Research course

Language and Communication Research with Progression to 3-Year PhD Language and Communication

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy
MA + PhD

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, such as Linguistics, English Language, Communication or cognate discipline. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in each sub score.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Language and Communication Research is in two stages. In stage one, students undertake 6 taught modules. On successful completion of the taught stage, students progress to the dissertation stage, which consists of an 18,000- to 20,000-word dissertation, which normally involves preliminary work relating to the proposed PhD thesis. To progress onto the PhD students must achieve a mark of 65 or more on three of the taught modules and a minimum overall average of 60% in the taught component.

The PhD Language and Communication Research is a 3-year PhD programme. Students usually attend monthly supervisions with a PhD supervisor. Training is undertaken throughout the candidature as appropriate. Monitoring is carried out on a 6-monthly basis up until the point of submission. The PhD requires submission of an 80,000-word thesis and attendance at a viva voce examination.

Qualification and course duration

MA + PhD

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Gerard O'Grady