Rhetoric Programs in Europe (PhD)

If you know of any programs or courses in rhetoric not on the list (in alphabetical order according to country), please let us know.


Sofia University
The Dept. of Rhetoric at Sofia University has a PhD programme.


The University of Copenhagen
Section of Rhetoric at Department of Communication at the University of Copenhagen offers a full university education in rhetoric with programmes at the BA, MA, and PhD levels. The faculty cover a range of fields of expertise including the history of rhetoric, rhetorical writing, and rhetorical criticism, protest rhetoric, and new materialism and offer courses in topics such as oral rhetoric, rhetoric in society, rhetorical argumentation, rhetorical innovation, debate culture and rhetorical citizenship.


University of Tübingen
The University of Tübingen has a doctoral program in Rhetoric (“Allgemeine Rhetorik”). The program provides young researchers with opportunities for independent research combined with intensive expert counseling, customized training and different platforms for scientific exchange.


University of Bergen
University of Bergen offers PhD-supervision in several themes and subjects relating to rhetoric. This includes, but is not limited to, media rhetoric, political communication, visual and multimodal rhetoric, speechmaking, credibility and ethos, argumentation, and a host of other subjects. Among available PhD-supervisors are Jens E. Kjeldsen.


Jaellonian University, Cracow
Jaellonian University has a Postgraduate programme in Rhetoric.

University of Silesia in Katowice
The University of Silesia offers both postgraduate Studies of the Art of Rhetoric and of Public Relations for Lawyers.


Lund University
At Lunds University’s Department of Communication and Media, students can earn a degree in rhetoric on all levels up to and including a PhD.

Uppsala University
Uppsala University offers a PhD programme in rhetoric.

Örebro University
Rhetoric is one of the five subject specializations that doctoral students may choose for their education leading to a doctoral degree in Studies in the Humanities.


The doctoral school Argumentation Practices in Context is a joint program directed from the university of Lugano (Switzerland), University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and University of Amsterdam. The main focus of the doctoral school is argumentation in relation to human interaction within different contextual spheres.See: Argumentation Practices in Context Doctoral Programme (Argupolis)

United Kingdom

Loughborough University
The Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) is situated under the Department for Social Sciences. The group works with the intersection of a number of interests in discourse, rhetoric, activity and conversation.

University of Bath
University of Bath: Dr. Sophia Hatzisavvidou of the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies is available to supervise PhD students who want to research environmental rhetoric, the rhetoric of science, and the rhetoric of cultural events.

University of East Anglia
University of East Anglia:  Prof. Alan Finlayson of the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies is available to supervise students researching any area of political rhetoric.

Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths, University of London: Prof. James Martin of the Department of Politics and International Relations welcomes research applications on theories and practices of rhetoric, hermeneutics and methods of rhetorical research, and religious speech in politics.