Language and Communication Studies Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MA (Res), MPhil (Res)

We welcome applications for PhD, MPhil and Masters' by Research degrees. We are particularly interested in projects related to translation, cross-cultural and intercultural communication, theoretical and applied pragmatics, (critical) discourse analysis, and cognitive linguistics.


RESEARCH INTERESTS - If you study for your PhD with us, you will join a research community that shares an interest in the crossover of language, translation and discourse in multilingual and multicultural settings. 

Our international collaborators include the universities of California Davis, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Eötvös Loránd (Budapest), Koblenz-Landau, Queensland, Strasbourg and Zaragoza. We also welcome interdisciplinary projects involving joint supervision with researchers from other areas in the arts and humanities or other disciplines such as psychology, education or medicine. If you are interested in research degrees, please feel free to contact our academic staff directly. For contact details and research interests see:

For more information on our current research opportunities please visit: 

STUDENT RESEARCH - Student research topics have included: Identity in Crisis: Professional Translation between Theory, Best Practice and Market Reality; Translation of Metadiscourse and Persuasion in English and Saudi Arabian Editorials; Consumerist Ideology and Metaphorical Conceptualisation; Politeness and Cross-Linguistic Influence: Influence of Religion on the Speech Act Performance of Saudi Speakers of Arabic; and Linguistic and Cultural Conceptualisations of Time in Indigenous Languages of Brazil. PhD students have at least two supervisors. 

RESEARCH EVENTS AND RESEARCH SKILLS TRAINING - You will take part in departmental research seminars and PhD training sessions. You will also have a chance to participate in international and local conferences, and to organize your own workshops and conferences at UEA. You will also benefit from a comprehensive research and professional skills development programme delivered by staff from across the Faculty. You may be offered teaching opportunities commensurate with your developing expertise and according to the needs of the School. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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