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What will I learn?

The PhD in Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary programme involving Education, Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology and Sociology. It focuses on investigating language as it is used in the real world and the processes which underpin it. We conduct highly data-driven research into the communicative structures – linguistic, sequential, gestural – used in everyday life, in workplace settings, in educational settings, and in on-line interaction.

The PhD in Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary programme run across four departments: Education, Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology and Sociology. The staff on the programme are experts in language and communication who pool their resources to offer the PhD. Students on the programme have two joint supervisors, each from a different department, and are part of the academic community of both departments.

Academic staff on the programme have established international reputations for innovative research and cross-disciplinary working. We employ multiple methodologies underpinned by a range of approaches to the study of language, including cognitive, ethnographic, interactionist, or dynamic/emergent approaches to language study. Some of us use primarily qualitative methods (notably conversation analysis), while others specialise in experimental and quantitative approaches.

We are international in outlook and welcome multilingual and multicultural research projects. Students on the programme have conducted research on a wide range of European, Asian and African languages and social settings (and more information about these can be found on the ‘research’ tab).

Partner departments all have a full training programme for PhD students and students registered on the Programme have access to training in their departments. Such programmes include subject-specific courses, courses on research skills, and generic courses aimed at increasing students’ employability, personal effectiveness, language skills, etc.

The PhD in Language and Communication is available to full and part time research students, and also to Visiting Research students who would like to come here for short periods (usually between one term and a year) for specialist training.

Which department am I in?

Language and Linguistic Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,750.00 (US$ 24,422) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected April 2022

Venue

University of York

Heslington,

York,

YO10 5DD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Candidates should have a good first degree or MA in linguistics, psychology, sociology, education, communication, or a related area. For applicants whose native language is not English, the Programme requires an English language proficiency level of 7.0 in the British Council's IELTS test with at least IELTS 7.0 in writing. TOEFL: 96, with no less than 23 in each component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of York

The University of York is based in the historic city of York, regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.

  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Part of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities
  • York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities
  • More than 20,000 students from over 150 countries