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Communication Disorders (PhD)

We look at the diagnosis, assessment, management and treatment of developmental and acquired communication disorders in our wide-ranging research.

Communication Disorders Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
3-4 years PhD, 1-2 years MPhil
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to hold, or about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Masters degree with a Merit classification.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 275 5608
How to apply

Apply online

On the online application form, select PhD or MPhil for this programme and follow the instructions on our How to Apply page.

Applications must be submitted online well in advance of your anticipated start date (6 weeks for home/EU, 12 weeks for overseas). We cannot accept late applications without prior agreement via the Doctoral Academy.

Home/EU applicants:

April 2017 - submission no later than 15 February 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 15 July 2017

Overseas applicants:

April 2017 - submission in January 2017

September 2017 - submission no later than 1st June 2017

Programme options

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Programme description

Communication disorders research is based in the internationally recognised Language Development and Disorders (LDD) group, providing an exciting and rewarding experience.

We have particular research strengths in the areas of specific language impairment (SLI) and social communication and pragmatics intervention, as well as further interests and collaborations around the development of language in autistic spectrum disorders.

Postgraduate research study is personalised; flexibility is allowed for the research to evolve and investigate findings not envisaged at the outset of the work. This is complemented by a training structure that provides critical skills training, personal development and progression milestones.

The project will usually be outlined by an applicant seeking to work within a particular research area with a focused plan of research in mind, usually shared and discussed with the potential main supervisor.

Alternatively, the project will be part of a research programme and such projects are usually outlined by the academic supervisor offering the study.

It is important to note that a PhD in Communication Disorders is not a clinical qualification. Instead, it offers opportunity for in-depth study of a particular research question or set of questions.  

About our PhD and MPhil degrees

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one to two years (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

Training and development

All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).

The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.

The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.

See the training and development page for more information.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £4,195, Low £8,250, Medium £14,500, High £19,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £21,000, Low £23,000, Medium £28,500, High £33,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Standard £2,098, Low £4,125, Medium £7,250, High £9,750
    International students (per annum): Standard £10,500, Low £11,500, Medium £14,250, High £16,750