The University of Manchester

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
19500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The The University of Manchester Department of Linguistics and English Language is an international centre for Linguistics, with 22full-time members of staff and approximately 35 Postgraduate Research students. 


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.

Career opportunities

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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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


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