The Linguistics programme at University College London (UCL) gives students unparalleled contact with the top intellects in the discipline and opportunities to participate in international conferences.
The UCL Linguistics research department is known internationally for its outstanding work in all areas of theoretical linguistics and for its growing strength in experimental work. Our staff carry out research aimed at discovering the nature and origin of language, its acquisition by children and its use in communication.
We encourage and facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction with psychologists, cognitive scientists and philosophers working on language and communication. Undertaking a research degree in this department means you will be supervised by scholars who are leaders in their field with the expert up-to-date knowledge needed to guide you in shaping your own original research contribution.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in academic teaching and research in linguistics; high school teaching; the civil service; speech and language therapy (for children and adults); experimental work on children’s language development and artificial intelligence (human-machine interaction).
The skills and knowledge gained from this research degree include: specialist knowledge of phonology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics as required to become a teacher/researcher in academic linguistics; expert grasp of specific language issues or problems leading to a range of linguistically oriented careers, for example being a legal court interpreter, a speech and communication therapist, a field linguist, translator or recorder of endangered languages; expertise in experimental techniques for studying language processing, equipping graduates for research work in a language lab; precise knowledge of computational techniques leading to potential work with IT businesses.
Programme StructureResearch areas
The research department is pre-eminent in theoretical and experimental linguistics, especially in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, phonology, and normal and abnormal language development.
- Language development
- Semantics and pragmatics
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesLanguage Studies Artificial Intelligence Linguistics View 103 other PhDs in Language Studies in United Kingdom
- Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
International20110 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20110 GBP per year during 36 months.
Overseas: £10,240 (PT)
Living costs for London
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Applications for UCL competitive funding must arrive by late December/early January for entry in September/October the following year.
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