ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative PhD Studentships in Language and Communication Research

Cardiff University - School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Start date: 1 October 2018

Duration: 4 years (1+3) or 3 years (+3) full-time or the equivalent part-time

The Centre for Language and Communication Research in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP)  are seeking applications for Collaborative ESRC DTP studentships.


The school

The Cardiff Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, a large multi-disciplinary school which has a dynamic and highly successful research culture.

Currently there are 127 registered research skills training for all Welsh-speaking research students.

There is a full programme of seminars and workshops for PhD students in both Schools which run alongside their individual research work with their supervisors.

Additional training (in interviewing, transcription, coding and statistical analysis) will be provided to the student as and when necessary.

The award

The very high quality of the environment and of our research training provision in CLCR means that we are part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and can offer ESRC-funded awards. In pursuing your postgraduate research at the Centre you will become an important part of this excellent research environment.

CLCR is one of the foremost international departments for research, research training and teaching in social, applied and interactional areas of human communication, digital and non-digital media, language and linguistics. The Centre carries excellent ratings for its research from the most recent Research Excellence Framework.  It was part of a unit of assessment which was ranked 10th in the UK. Furthermore 87% of submitted outputs was classified as either (4*) (world-leading or (3*) (Internationally excellent).

The Language, Policy and Planning Research Unit (LPPRU) was created early in 2005 to formalise the long-established research interest within the School of Welsh in the fields of sociolinguistics, language policy analysis, development of new methodologies and behavioural studies. According to the most recent national assessment, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School’s research is the best in Wales and seventh in the UK in the Modern Languages and Linguistics unit of assessment.


In CLCR most training is incorporated in the programme of Research Training Modules which constitute the MA/Diploma in Language and Communication. PhD students in the Centre also receive professional training and development throughout the 3 years of their doctoral programme via the Doctoral Academy.

The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol also provide Sociolinguistic competence (the knowledge and ability to use different forms and registers) is vital for people to be able to use language in differing contexts.

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