Research course


Bangor University · School of Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

It is possible to join the PhD programme after completing an MA at Bangor or elsewhere. Students preparing for the PhD in Linguistics usually take an MA in Linguistics, Bilingualism or Cognitive Linguistics either at Bangor or elsewhere. Students accepted on the PhD 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 PhD in Linguistics usually take an MA in Anthropological Linguistics, Bilingualism, Cognitive Linguistics, or Linguistics, first, either at Bangor or elsewhere.

Months of entry


Course content

Linguistics as a subject has been taught at Bangor University since the 1960s, making our department one of the first linguistics departments in the UK. We are a vibrant, accessible, friendly department with staff committed to providing an excellent doctoral student experience and strong academic support for the duration of your studies.

Our academic staff provides expertise and PhD dissertation supervision in wide range of disciplines within Linguistics. This includes (but is not limited to) projects using qualitative, quantitative, experimental or ethnographic methodologies within following areas:

  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphosyntax
  • semantics and pragmatics
  • sociolinguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • child language acquisition
  • 1st and 2nd language acquisition
  • language development
  • language disorders
  • discourse analysis (including CDA, Multimodal and Cognitive Discourse Analysis (CoDA)
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
  • SLA and language teaching
  • corpus linguistics
  • language and communication
  • historical linguistics
  • language variation, use and change
  • contested languages
  • temporal language and the nature of figurative language
  • language technologies / natural language processing (NLP)
  • Welsh linguistics

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. Based on the University submission of 14 Units of Assessment, 77% of the research was rated in the top two tiers of research quality, ahead of the average for all UK universities.

Information for international students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Fees and funding

Please read our Fees & Finances pages for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about Postgraduate Funding & Scholarships on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr. Eirini Sanoudaki
01248 351151