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Linguistics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

It is virtually unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms.

Potential PhD projects in Linguistics may fall into any department member's areas of expertise. These include phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (Lexical-Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, Construction Grammar, and Minimalism), (formal) semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, dialectology, the linguistics of English, language contact, variational sociolinguistics, child language acquisition, field linguistics and language documentation, typology, quantitative corpus-based approaches and forensic linguistics. In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations. 

Each member of staff also has a special interest in particular languages and language families, including major European languages as well as lesser known languages of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Australia. We do not, however, supervise projects with a focus on second language teaching and learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Teaching and learning

  • Supervision will involve regular meetings with two supervisors, of which records will be kept. Research Panels (consisting of at least three academic staff, including the supervisors) are held once per semester to monitor progress. 
  • In addition, PGR students in Linguistics and English Language are supported by a strong research culture in the department and excellent opportunities for research training. Our PhD students are part of the diverse and dynamic postgraduate community in the new Graduate Schoolof the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. 
  • They benefit from training offered in general research methods in Arts , Humanities and Social Sciences as well as subject-specific masterclasses, reading groups and a PhD seminar series for the discussion of ongoing work, and an annual postgraduate conference in Linguistics.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
  • English language

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
    PhD (part-time)
    • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,098

    Living costs for Manchester

    • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students.

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