Research course

Language, Discourse & Communication

King's College London · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:1 first degree in a subject appropriate to the research area and an appropriate master's degree or an approved professional or other qualification. Those applying for the joint degree are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.

Months of entry


Course content

The Centre for Language Discourse & Communication (Centre for LDC) works across the School of Arts & Humanities and the School of Social Science & Public Policy and has particular strengths in; educational linguistics and language education; literacy studies; sociolinguistics; text and discourse analysis; corpus linguistics; psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics. Research focuses on the dynamics of language and literacy within globalisation and intercultural contact, on language, literacy and discourse in everyday interaction, in education, literature and popular culture, in new and mass media and in medical and workplace settings. The Centre runs a number of seminar series, research days and workshops, some in collaboration with other parts of the University of London, which are invaluable to Language & Linguistics MPhil/PhD students.

Fees and funding

PhDs in descriptive and applied linguistics can be funded with studentships awarded by the ESRC and AHRC (UK Research Councils), as well as by King's (eg Graduate School, and Social Sciences and Public Policy) and other bodies.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


part time
48-72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Ben Rampton
+44 (0)20 7848 3711
+44 (0)20 7848 3182