Research course


Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
Master's degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the proposed research, with an average of at least 60% for UK MAs.

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Applied Linguistics or a related subject, for example Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Education.

Additional Requirements
As part of your application you also need to provide a research proposal on the Department's PhD Linguistics (by Research Only) research proposal form.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Complete your PhD with world-leading experts in Linguistics and be part of a thriving department that is ranked 12th in the world for Linguistics (QS world rankings 2020).

We welcome proposals for doctoral research across any area of linguistics that falls within our expertise. These include but are not limited to:

Cognitive Linguistics
Corpus Linguistics
Critical Discourse Analysis
First Language Acquisition
Forensic Linguistics
Historical/Diachronic Linguistics
Language Testing
Linguistic Typology
Literacy Studies
Phonetics and Phonology
Speech Science and Technology
Second Language Learning and Teaching
If you pursue doctoral research in linguistics at Lancaster you will join a research-intensive department with a large community of doctoral students and a number of different research groups. This provides a rich, stimulating and supportive environment in which to conduct your research with lots of opportunities to share your research with others. The department also hosts an annual post-graduate conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching.

You will work independently under the guidance of one or more supervisors or as part of a team. You may also benefit from additional research methods and academic skills training provided by the faculty Research Training Programme (offered on-site and by distance learning).

You will be fully supported throughout your studies as you move through key milestones in the PhD process.

Key Facts

Option to study full time (36 months) or part time (60 months)
Study on campus in Lancaster or by distance
Opportunity to undertake additional research methods and academic skills training provided by the faculty Research Training Programme
Submit in traditional or alternative (by research article) format

Information for international students

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing and 6.0 in listening and speaking.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Linguistics Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592099