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Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy - PhD Opportunities

Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

About the Programme

With its unique mix of disciplines, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers an exciting range of specialised and innovative postgraduate programmes and a dynamic and highly successful research culture. The School specialises in a range of distinctive and complementary approaches to language, texts, cultures, ideas, values, and identities, involving a mix of humanities and social-science methodologies. Its research activity also crosses boundaries with many other disciplines and traditions.For more information on the School's areas of research and access to the individual research profiles of prospective PhD supervisors see

The School has a thriving postgraduate community wth approximately 130 research postgraduates. We take the training of research students very seriously and endeavour to provide the facilities and supervisory guidance which will help each student to flourish intellectually and work productively.

The PhD Programme
The School offers opportunities for full-time and part-time study leading to the degrees of PhD for Critical and Cultural Theory, Creative and Critical Writing, English Literature, Language and Communication, and Philosophy. MPhil options are available for some programmes. There are 3 starting points: October, January and April. 

Funding Opportunities

Studentships are advertised on the University web site at   

ESRC funding
The Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) at Cardiff University, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and the Applied Linguistics - Language Research Centre (AL- LRC) at Swansea University, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for PhD study, with the possibility of being awarded a fully-funded ESRC DTP General Studentship, available to start in October 2020. We expect to make doctoral studentship awards in the area of Linguistics. For further information see

To be considered for an ESRC general studetnship, applicants should apply to the PhD Language and Communication ( with an October 2020 start date.  In the research proposal section of your application, please specify that you are seeking funding via the ESRC DTP Linguistics Pathway. For further information on how to apply please contact . Deadline for applications 12 noon 3 February 2020.

AHRC funding (South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership 2)

Cardiff is part of a consortium of 10 universities that form the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnerhsip. The application process for the next round of funding via SWW-DTP2 is now open with an application deadline of 12.59 p.m. on 27 January 2020. For more information and to access a guide for applicants see

How to Apply for a place on a PhD programme in the School 

Applicants should apply by keying in the appropriate PhD programme title and start date here
For information on supporting documentation for each PhD programme email the contact details below.

Further Information


Funding Notes

See information above re RCUK general studentships (AHRC and ESRC) for postgraduate research study to commence in October 2020. The School also offers two Collaborative Doctoral Awards: 1. AHRC SWW-DTP2 Collaborative Doctoral Award: French Influence on the English Legal Language of the Chancery in the First Half of the Fifteenth Century; and 2. ESRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Usage-based Language Learning: How it works.

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