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

  Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

 Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

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 with approximately 100 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 Notes

Studentships are advertised on the University web site at  

ESRC funding

The Linguistics and Bilingualism Pathway of the Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) is delighted to offer fully funded WGSSS (ESRC DTP) PhD studentships on a full or part-time basis, starting in October 2024. Prospective students should have an excellent academic background, holding a 1st or upper 2.1 degree, or a master’s from a UK university. Students can be based at any of the constituent units of the pathway including the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University and are invited to propose a research topic for doctoral study in the language-related areas of expertise of staff. Broadly, these areas include research that addresses the structure, meaning and use of language. Successful applicants will receive a fully funded studentship (fees and stipend). The competition is open to Home and Overseas applicants. Please apply to the PhD Language and Communication with an October 2024 start date. In the funding section of your application please specify that you are seeking funding via the WGSSS ESRC DTP). Deadline for applications is 12.00 noon, 12 January 2024. For further information or to request information in Welsh contact .

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 Partnership. The application process for the next round of funding via SWW-DTP2 is now open with an application deadline of 23.59 on Monday 22 January 2024. For more information and to access a guide for applicants see Applications are invited from exceptional home and overseas applicants.

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

The School's PhD programmes are listed at Prospective applicants should firstly contact the Postgraduate Office via  with an indicative research proposal of no more than 500 words, along with an academic c.v.


Funding Notes

See information above re RCUK general studentships (AHRC and ESRC) for postgraduate research study to commence in October 2023.

How good is research at Cardiff University in English Language and Literature?

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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