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Understanding writing in a digital world: Cognitive, linguistic or social aspects of writing

   School of Education and Social Work

  Dr Duygu Candarli,  Tuesday, February 28, 2023  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Writing is a key element of our educational, professional, and personal lives. Innovations in digital technology have led to the emergence of new genres and mediums of writing. However, such innovations in digital technology may create inequalities for underrepresented groups and those who do not have enough familiarity with new mediums or enough writing or language proficiency in their second language. This interdisciplinary project aims to understand ‘writing’ as both a process and a product in a digital world and explore digital writing practices and the impact of digital technology on writing for different groups that may include children, migrants, refugees, first and second language writers of English, and professionals. The project ultimately aims to contribute to new knowledge about writing in a digital world and offer implications for social justice and equality in our society. While the focus of this project will be determined by the interests and expertise of the student, we welcome research proposals that aim to investigate writing from multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological perspectives.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take the leading role in this project. We envisage students will have a background in Education, TEFL/TESOL, Psychology, Linguistics or another related discipline. Depending on academic background, students may be advised to undertake one of our MEd or MSc Psychology programmes as preparation for PhD study.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Duygu Candarli ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in reading, listening, speaking or writing. The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Duygu Candarli () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Candarli, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education (3 Year) using our direct application system: apply for Education.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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