Research course


Bangor University · School of English

Entry requirements

It is possible to join the Ph.D. programme after completing an M.A. at Bangor or elsewhere. Students accepted on the Ph.D. programme have probationary status for the first year, after which their status will be confirmed subject to satisfactory completion of the requirements outlined below. Students preparing for the Ph.D. in Linguistics usually take an M.A. in Anthropological Linguistics, Bilingualism, Cognitive Linguistics, or Linguistics, first, either at Bangor or elsewhere.

Months of entry


Course content

Year 1 (Years 1 and 2 for part-time students): By week 6 of the first semester after the student’s registration, this committee will have produced a written document for the student’s file, outlining work which the student is expected to have completed by the end of the first year (two years in the case of part-time students), such as a review of the literature on their chosen topic, and a report on their pilot study. The document will include recommendations for any linguistics or research training modules to be attended during the year. By week 5 of the second semester after registration (fourth in the case of part-time students) the student should submit a draft thesis chapter and a detailed thesis proposal/outline to their supervisory committee. Students must take 30 credits from the Graduate Programme in their First Year. Year 2: During this year the student should aim to complete a first draft of their dissertation. An Annual review will take place in June to review progress. Year 3: The completed thesis should be submitted and examined during this year.Length of thesis: There is no prescribed length, but the norm is between 80,000 and 100,000 words (350-400 pages).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-84 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Prof Vyv Evans
+44 (0)1248 383295