Complete your PhD with world-leading experts in Linguistics and be part of a thriving department that is ranked 12th in the world for Linguistics (QS world rankings 2022).
We welcome proposals for doctoral research across any area of linguistics that falls within our expertise. These include but are not limited to:
- Cognitive Linguistics
- Corpus Linguistics
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- First Language Acquisition
- Forensic Linguistics
- Historical/Diachronic Linguistics
- Language Testing
- Linguistic Typology
- Literacy Studies
- Phonetics and Phonology
- Speech Science and Technology
- Second Language Learning and Teaching
If you pursue doctoral research in linguistics at Lancaster you will join a research-intensive department with a large community of doctoral students and a number of different research groups. This provides a rich, stimulating and supportive environment in which to conduct your research with lots of opportunities to share your research with others. The department also hosts an annual postgraduate conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching.
You will work independently under the guidance of one or more supervisors or as part of a team. You may also benefit from additional research methods and academic skills training provided by the faculty Research Training Programme (offered on-site and by distance learning).
You will be fully supported throughout your studies as you move through key milestones in the PhD process.
- Option to study full time (36 months) or part time (48 months)
- Study on campus in Lancaster or by distance
- Opportunity to undertake additional research methods and academic skills training provided by the faculty Research Training Programme
- Submit in traditional or alternative (by research article) format
Master's degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the proposed research, with an average of at least 60% for UK MAs.
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Applied Linguistics or a related subject, for example Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Education.
If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.
As part of your application you will also need to provide a viable research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found on the department's PhD study page.
English Language Requirements
We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.
We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking. We also consider other English language qualifications.
We do not offer pre-sessional English language programmes for this programme.
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Fees and Funding
The tuition fee for students with UK fee status is set in line with the standard fee stipend provided by the UK Research Councils. The fee stipend for 2024/25 has not yet been set. For reference, the fee stipend for 2023/24 was full-time £4,712 and part-time £2,356.
The international fee for new entrants in 2024/25 is full-time £21,082 and part-time £10,541.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small College Membership Fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2023, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2024 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Application fees and tuition fee deposits
For most taught postgraduate applications there is a non-refundable application fee of £40. We cannot consider applications until this fee has been paid, as advised on our online secure payment system. There is no application fee for postgraduate research applications.
For some of our courses you will need to pay a deposit to accept your offer and secure your place. We will let you know in your offer letter if a deposit is required and you will be given a deadline date when this is due to be paid.
Fees in subsequent years
If you are studying on a programme of more than one year’s duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. Read more about fees in subsequent years.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.
Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.
English Language, Linguistics and TESOL
- Applied Linguistics and TESOL MA
- Corpus Linguistics (Distance) MA
- Corpus Linguistics (Distance) PgCert
- Discourse Studies MA
- Intercultural Communication MA
- Language and Linguistics MA
- Language Testing (Distance) MA
- Language Testing (Distance) PgCert
- Linguistics (by thesis and coursework) PhD
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Distance) PgCert
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Corpus Linguistics (Distance) MA
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) with Language Testing (Distance) MA
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