Funded PhD Opportunity Discourse and Social Interaction

This opportunity is now closed.

Subject: Modern Languages and Linguistics


Discourse and social interaction provide a lens to examine social phenomena including

*individual and social identities and relationships (eg post conflict identities, media identity construction)

*institutional settings, practices, roles and relationships (eg institutional complaints handling, classroom interaction, therapeutic interaction)

*the nature of social interaction itself and particular actions or practices (eg questions, turn design, epistemics).

A PhD in this area might focus directly on

*interactional actions and practices (eg complaining, swearing, affiliation)

*interpersonal phenomena (eg identity construction and management)

*social/ideological issues (eg gender, power)

These potential areas of focus will be examined drawing on Conversation Analysis, Interpersonal Pragmatics, or Discourse Analysis. The choice of theoretical framing for the project will determine the details of the project design.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Research proposal of 2000 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%
  • For VCRS Awards, Masters at 75%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Experience of presentation of research findings


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

Other information

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
19 March 2019


Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
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Contact Supervisor

Dr Catrin Rhys

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