PhD in Linguistics

Upcoming PG Virtual Open Day Sessions

Our 'virtual open day' and 'online chat' sessions are a great opportunity for prospective students to find out more about what it is like to study in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science. A member of admissions staff and a current student from the Department are available during these online events to answer any questions you may have about joining us.

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While the majority of your time is spent conducting your own research, you are also part of the life and culture of the Department.

In year 1 you undertake research training with your fellow students and staff, giving you invaluable insights into academic and research life as well as helping you to develop both general and subject-specific research skills. You might also audit some Masters-level classes to enhance your knowledge and skills. This training programme is designed at an individual level in consultation with the supervisor(s).

Throughout your three years you also engage with other researchers through Departmental seminars, activities organised by research groups, specialised training events, conferences, and collaborative events with national or international research partners.

You have access to top quality research facilities. We have dedicated laboratories for psycholinguistics (including eye tracking equipment, head turn facility, e-prime, Matlab) and forensic speech science (providing access to authentic forensic case materials, automatic speech recognition software, and speech analysis software). We also have a brand new professional-level recording suite. All postgraduates in Language and Linguistic Science have access to the facilities available in the Humanities Research Centre.

Your research progress is monitored through regular meetings with your supervisor(s), biannual meetings of your full thesis advisory panel, and a formal review each year with an independent progression panel.


Applying for our PhD programmes

Applications for our PhD progammes are made through the 'Select' online admissions system. There are more details on the application process and the online form on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

When you submit an online application, you will need to include details of your previous study and provide full transcripts of results. You will also need to provide the contact details for two academic referees. Candidates whose first language is not English must supply evidence that they meet our English Language Requirements. In addition, you must provide a detailed Research Proposal. Should you wish to discuss your Research Proposal informally before making an application, please e-mail us at

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Working closely with other academics in the department has been the best part of my PhD so far, as I have learnt a lot about what it means to have an academic career.

Carla, PhD in Linguistics

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