Linguistics

PhD

  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 36 Months, Part time 48 Months

Overview

Complete your PhD with world-leading experts in Linguistics and be part of a thriving department that is ranked 10th in the world for Linguistics (QS world rankings 2023).

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
  • Pragmatics
  • Psycholinguistic
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech Science and Technology
  • Stylistics
  • 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.

Key Facts

  • 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

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

The tuition fee for students with Home 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.

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

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