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Phonetics and Phonology Integrated PhD, IPhD

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  • 48 months
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University rank #146 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The Phonetics and Phonology Integrated PhD programme from Newcastle University is designed for students who wish to develop an advanced theoretical and analytical grounding in Phonetics and Phonology. The focus is on its application in first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, speech science, and language patterning.
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Overview

The Phonetics and Phonology Integrated PhD programme from Newcastle University has a substantial taught and assessed component, as well as a supervised research element. The foundation is a common core of modules dealing with essential theoretical issues and research methods. You are also offered specialised modules which act as the basis for your thesis.

You will have an individual course of study based on your needs and sponsor's requirements.

The research phase of the programme offers supervision in:

  • phonetics and phonology in second language acquisition and bilingualism
  • phonetics and phonology in first language acquisition
  • sociophonetic perspectives on speech perception and production
  • phonological theory and phonological patterns in various languages
  • phonetic and phonological characteristics of languages and language description

One of the strengths of the course is that it brings together the teaching and research expertise of staff belonging to three schools that make up the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CriLLS). These are:

  • School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences (ECLS)
  • School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL)
  • School of Modern Languages (SML)

This widens the pool of modules that are available and enables you to interact with staff and students from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our particular areas of strength are in:

  • first and second language acquisition
  • speech production and perception in multilingual contexts
  • sociophonetics
  • phonological theory

The cross-cutting theme within these areas that we are all interested in is the link between perception, production and learning.

Our perception research looks at the role of speakers and listeners in shaping linguistic systems and sound change.

Work on production and learning covers our interest in investigating meaningful sound patterning, including how it is acquired, stored, and produced within a social context. Our work also investigates categorical and graded aspects of speech and the role of language-specific factors in shaping these categories.

Recent graduates of phonetics and phonology at Newcastle have worked on a variety of languages and dialects, including:

  • Arabic (a range of dialects)
  • Chinese
  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Malaysian
  • Malayalam
  • Polish
  • Serbian
  • Thai

Our graduates go on to work in academic institutions across the world, and in public and private institutions specialising in health sciences, media and communication, speech technology and forensic science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      48-60 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues in Phonological Theory
  • Fundamental Elements of Phonetics and Phonology
  • Core Issues in Experimental Phonetics and Phonology
  • Research Methods for IPhD Students
  • Phonetics and Phonology Research Project
  • Sociolinguistics of Language and Society
  • Phonetics and Phonology of Accents
  • Ethno-linguistic Variation
  • Neurocognition of Language Development
  • Phonological Acquisition
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17700 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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UK

  • Full time: £4,327
  • Part time: £2,164
EU
  • Full time: £4,327
  • Part time: £2,164

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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