Research course

Phonetics and Phonology

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The Phonetics and Phonology IPhD 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.
The Integrated PhD 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.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Frances Cook, PGR Programme Secretary, The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
+44 (0) 191 208 6569