PhD Linguistics by Research Only

Over 100 people are currently studying with us on a full- or part-time basis for research degrees, at Lancaster or off-site. We also have over 30 members of research-active academic staff and several researchers attached to specific research projects, so there are plenty of people to share your research ideas and experiences with.

We offer maximum support to all postgraduate students via:

  • a postgraduate study skills course dedicated to Linguistics students
  • access to activities in our research centres
  • staff-student research groups, and
  • modules from across the department to add breadth to studies.

Our research is internationally renowned. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Linguistics was rated 3rd of 88 submissions for Research Power, joint 3rd for Research Environment and 7th for impact, with 4 out of 6 cases rated 4*.

Currently the Department hosts active research groups in areas such as critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language and gender, language testing, literacy, pragmatics and stylistics, and second language acquisition. These involve postgraduate students and staff.

The University Library contains one of the best holdings in Linguistics in the country. There is a phonetics laboratory and an eye-tracking lab. We also have our own specialist computer laboratories for teaching and research. We are also the home to the British National Corpus (BNC), a corpus of 100 million words of modern British English, which is used for research purposes.

The Department has a full-time postgraduate coordinator. A Doctoral Studies Committee oversees matters specifically to do with doctoral students and meets at least once a term. Research student representatives sit on this committee and consult the other students to make sure that anything they want to raise is discussed and that student views are adequately represented.