The Language and Communication course from University of York 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.
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.
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Programme StructureAreas 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
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- 24 months
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.
DisciplinesLanguage Studies Languages Digital Communication View 458 other Masters in Languages in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Candidates should have a good first degree or MA in linguistics, psychology, sociology, education, communication, or a related area.
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International18900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 24 months.
National4650 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 24 months.
- UK Part-time: £2,325
- International/EU Part-time: £9,450
Living costs for York
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.