University of York

University of York

Language and Communication

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. Students on the programme have two joint supervisors, each from a different department, and are part of the academic community of both departments. Areas of research in which we would be willing to supervise theses include (but are not limited to): conversation analysis, especially its relation to linguistics (including phonetics), gesture, its application to different settings and problems; language in particular settings: new media, the classroom, clinical encounters; developing new methodologies, especially multi-modal, and methodologies that combine insights from qualitative and quantitative research paradigms; cross-linguistic differences in language and communication; bilingual communication; communication in English as a second language.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good 1st degree or MA in linguistics, psychology, sociology, education, communication, or a related area. When making an application, indicate which disciplines your research topic is relevant to and a possible supervisor for your research.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,165 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 19,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,083 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 9,525 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 32 2652