University of East Anglia UEA: Language and Communication Studies

InstitutionUniversity of East Anglia UEA View institution profile
Department School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Telephone 01603 591709
Study type Research


RESEARCH DEGREES - 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. For more information on our current research opportunities please visit:

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:

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.

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UEA is a world-leading research university and is 10th in the UK for quality of research outputs (Times Higher REF 2014 analysis).

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Our postgraduate students have the opportunity to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society.

UEA has four faculties that are committed to academic excellence: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Faculty …

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