Research course

Linguistics and English Language

Newcastle University · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any discipline although a background in linguistics, English language or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Linguistics and English Language Integrated PhD (IPhD) combines taught modules with original research. The course is for those who haven't completed a programme that leads to PhD study. It will suit those with a background in linguistics, English Language or related disciplines. You'll strengthen your knowledge base and research skills before embarking on writing a thesis.

Studying for an IPhD at Newcastle University offers many benefits and advantages, including:

  • a track record in student satisfaction
  • diverse staff expertise
  • activities and events
  • career development
  • funding opportunities.

We're one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. This gives you the opportunity to enrich your research. You'll gain exposure to a wide range of methodologies and diverse theoretical perspectives.


We offer three pathways, with supervision in the following areas:

  • Language acquisition, development and evolution
  • Language variation and change
  • Formal linguistics.

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Department specialisms

First language acquisition and development; acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology; evolutionary linguistics; historical/diachronic linguistics; variationist/comparative linguistics; sociolinguistics; grammaticalization; dialect syntax; corpus analysis; linguistic typology; syntactic theory and comparative syntax; phonological theory; morphophonology and morphosyntax; philosophy of language and linguistics; architecture of the language faculty

Information for international students

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 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sherelle Coulson, Programme Administrator, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
+44 (0) 191 208 7199