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About the Project

Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD project.

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and will be supervised by Dr Alessia TrancheseDr Matt Round, and Dr Francesca Salvi.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers funding to attend conferences and towards consumables, project or training costs (currently £550).

The work on this project will:

  • Develop linguistic analysis tools for the study of online misogyny.
  • Study the language of online misogyny. 
  • Document the impact of online misogyny on young people, especially girls.

Project description

We are looking for strong candidates to work on our enthusiastic PhD project where we aim to study different forms of online misogyny, particularly to disrupt the binary and artificial separation between “extreme” and “mundane” misogyny. Examples of online misogyny that will be considered include (but are not limited to) online pornography, men’s rights forums, and men’s podcasts.

Misogyny will be analysed primarily from a linguistic and discourse perspective. The main part of this project requires a thorough empirical investigation which will be based on large scale collection of online data. For this reason, the selected candidate will be required to have a good knowledge of computational or corpus linguistic analysis, as well as a good understanding of programming languages (e.g., R or Python).

Another part of the project will be dedicated to assessing the impact of online misogyny on young people through focus groups and interviews in schools in the UK. There are growing concerns that the spread of online misogyny are shaping children’s and adolescents’ views of sexual relationships and gender equality, and that current sex education curricula are not appropriate to face the challenges posed by these developments. Recent discussions in the UK about the online safety bill have highlighted the extent of the problem and the difficulties of finding appropriate measures to address it.

Thus, the need for evidence-based approaches to tackle this growing issue has never been greater. This project will generate practical results and impact, with the long-term goal being to use it to inform online safety policies and improve the current sex education provision in UK schools.

Fees and funding

Visit the research subject area page for fees and funding information for this project.

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only. 

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only – eligibility criteria apply).

Entry Requirements

General Admissions

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (first or upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in a related area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

  • Good knowledge of computational or corpus linguistic analysis tools 
  • Good understanding of programming languages (e.g., R or Python)
  • An interest in feminism and media
  • The ability to conduct focus groups and interviews is a preferred but not mandatory requirement.


How to apply

We’d encourage you to contact Dr Tranchese () to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Languages and Applied Linguistics PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process. 

When applying please quote project code:SLAL4461023


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