PhD Linguistics by Research Only

Entry Requirements

Academic

Usually an MA, with a good mark (e.g. at least 60%) on the dissertation

English language requirements

For applicants whose native language is not English

  • Either [Option 1]: An IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved) result of at least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.5 in the reading and writing elements and 6.0 in the speaking and listening elements)
  • or [Option 2]: An internet-based TOEFL result of at least 93 overall (with no less than 24 in the reading and writing elements and 22 in the speaking and listening elements)
  • or [Option 3]: A Pearson PTE Academic result of at least 62 overall (with no less than 62 in the reading and writing elements and 55 in the speaking and listening elements)

IELTS certificates are valid for 24 months. Your IELTS certificate will need to be less than 24 months old on the start date of your study at Lancaster.

If applicants have either/both of the following, completed within the last 2 years they may not need to submit a test score:

  • 2 years full-time study at undergraduate level, in the UK or other majority English speaking country
  • 1 years full-time study at postgraduate level, in the UK or other majority English speaking country

See the university guidance on English Language Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study