Research course

Language and Communication Studies

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. For entry on to the MA by Research programme, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

RESEARCH DEGREES - We welcome applications for PhD, MPhil and Masters' by Research degrees. We are particularly interested in projects related to translation, cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural pragmatics, (critical) discourse analysis as well as cross-cultural cognitive linguistics.

RESEARCH INTERESTS - If you study for your PhD with us, you will join a research community that shares an interest in the crossover of language, translation and discourse in a multilingual framework.

Our international collaborators include the universities of California Davis, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Eötvös Loránd (Budapest), Koblenz-Landau, Strasbourg and Zaragoza. We also welcome interdisciplinary projects involving joint supervision with researchers from other areas in the arts and humanities or other disciplines such as psychology or medicine. If you are interested in research degrees, please feel free to contact academic staff directly.

STUDENT RESEARCH - Student research topics have included: Identity in Crisis: Professional Translation between Theory, Best Practice and Market Reality; Translation of Metadiscourse and Persuasion in English and Saudi Arabian Editorials; Consumerist Ideology and Metaphorical Conceptualisation; Politeness and Cross-Linguistic Influence: Influence of Religion on the Speech Acts Performance of Saudi Speakers of Arabic; and Linguistic and Cultural Conceptualisations of Time in Indigenous Languages of Brazil. PhDs have at least two supervisors.

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - You will take part in research seminars and have a chance to participate in international and local conferences. You will also benefit from a comprehensive research and professional skills development programme delivered by staff from across the Faculty. You may be offered teaching opportunities commensurate with your developing expertise and according to the needs of the School.

Information for international students

Minimum IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening and 7.0 in writing), or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709