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, including biological and medical science, and the social and behavioural sciences.
Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy has a thriving postgraduate community wth approximately 120 research postgraduates. There are some fifty academic staff. For more information about academic staff and their research interests see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/academic/index.html
We regard our research students as central participants in the intellectual life of this community. 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 and MPhil via four broad programmes: Critical and Cultural Theory, English Literature (including Creative Writing), Language and Communication, and Philosophy. The School also offers a part-time PhD programme in Applied Linguistics, which is designed to meet the needs of distance learning students.
The attention of potential research students is particularly drawn to the opportunities for specialized research in Critical and Cultural Theory, Editorial and Intertextual Research, Language and Communication, and Applied Ethics.
Studentships are advertised on the School website at http://www.cf.ac.uk/encap/funding/index.html and in the University's Funding and Scholarship Search database at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/postgradfunding.
The School offers a number of research bursaries (equivalent to one year's Home/EU fees) to students.
The very high quality of the environment and of the research training provision in the Centre for Language Communication Research means that we are part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The next round of funding will be announced in due course.
Cardiff University has jointly won substantial arts and humanities funding to support postgraduate study into our economy and society.
The South, West and Wales Consortium, in which Cardiff University is joined with seven other universities – Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Exeter, Reading and Southampton, has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) over the next five years to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.
Full details of supervisors' areas of expertise and the resources held by Consortium members can be consulted on the website at http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/. The application process for 2016/17 has now ended.
PhD in Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics or Natural Language Processing (Welsh language desirable) (PhD Studentship)
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship as part of an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional project that is creating a large-scale, open-source corpus of contemporary Welsh language (CorCenCC).
Cardiff University PhD Bursary in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies)
The School is offering substantial bursaries relating to the distance learning programme in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies) Please see the following link for more information: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/funding/bursaries_flyer.pdf
ESRC DTC PhD in Language Communication: Dialect levelling in Cardiff (PhD Studentship)
More information about this studentship for the 2016/17 academic year can be found here: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/funding/R2730.html
How to Apply for a place on a PhD programme in the School
Contact the School in the first instance - then submit an online application. Information on the application process can be found at
Information on Entry Requirements can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/degreeprogrammes/postgraduateresearch/index.html [just click on the appropriate programme]
Email: [email protected]
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.