Language and Intercultural Studies PhD scholarships 2021-22


Language and Intercultural Studies PhD scholarships 2021-22
Entry date
13 September 2021

School of Social Sciences PhD Scholarships 2021-22

The following projects are available in the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant lead supervisor for an informal discussion prior to submitting their application.

Entry criteria and application

You should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum classification of 2:1.

A relevant master’s degree is desirable but not essential. Where additional criteria are required for particular project areas, these are specified in the linked project summaries listed above. 

In addition, candidates for whom English is a second language should meet the University’s minimum English-language requirements.  If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English, the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  Applications for more than one project from the same candidate will be considered.

Please note that having the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

You should submit your application via the postgraduate programmes apply page.

You should supply:

  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded. If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide all available marks to date. If your degree is from a non-UK institution, please provide evidence of the UK equivalency of your qualification.
  • A brief covering letter outlining why you want to study for a PhD at Heriot-Watt University, and what makes you an excellent candidate.
  • An outline research proposal (max. 1500 words). This should clearly identify how the proposed research question and modes of inquiry align with your chosen project area. The proposal should clearly identify which project area has been selected by referring to the project title and reference number.

Interviews will take place between 10 and 21 May 2021, and will be conducted via video conferencing (e.g. Zoom or similar). Interview support for those with disabilities will be available where required (e.g. a BSL interpreter).

If you have any general queries about the applications process, please contact

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