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

This programme offers full and part-time study with the option of studying on campus at Lancaster or off-site. We have research-active academic staff and researchers to share your ideas and experiences with.

We offer support to all postgraduate students via:

a postgraduate study skills module for Linguistics students
access to activities in our research centres
staff-student research groups
optional modules from across the department to add breadth to studies.
Our research is internationally renowned. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework Linguistics was rated 3rd of 88 submissions for Research Power, joint 3rd for Research Environment and 7th for impact, with 4 out of 6 cases rated 4*.

Currently, the Department hosts active research groups in areas such as critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language and gender, language testing, literacy, pragmatics and stylistics, and second language acquisition. These involve postgraduate students and staff.

The University Library contains a well-resourced linguistics section in the library. There is a phonetics laboratory and an eye-tracking lab. We also have our own specialist computer laboratories for teaching and research. We are also the home to the British National Corpus (BNC), a corpus of 100 million words of modern British English, which is used for research purposes.

Research degrees can be undertaken full-time, part-time, or by a combination of both. You can also register as studying away from Lancaster for part of your studies.

Proposals are accepted in a wide range of topics including language and media, linguistic description and theory, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language learning and teaching, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, gender and language, literacy, stylistics, language testing, and pragmatics.

You will be assigned a PhD supervisor, consideration will be taken to match you with the supervisor whose current active research interests and expertise is relevant to your chosen topic.

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

Course contact details

Linguistics Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 592099