Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD Linguistics programme enables you to carry out research in a field of linguistics that matches the interests of one of our members of staff.

The Department of Linguistics and English Language is an international centre for Linguistics, with 22 full-time members of staff and approximately 35 postgraduate research students.

We are virtually unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by our members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms.

Our academics' areas of expertise include:

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax (lexical-functional grammar, role and reference grammar, construction grammar, and minimalism)
  • (Formal) semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • The linguistics of English
  • Language contact
  • Variationist sociolinguistics
  • Child language acquisition
  • Field linguistics and language documentation
  • Typology
  • Quantitative corpus-based approaches
  • Forensic linguistics.

In our research, we combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations.

Each member of staff also has a special interest in particular languages and language families, including major European languages, as well as lesser known languages of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.

We do not, however, supervise projects with a focus on second language teaching and learning.

Joint supervision arrangements for interdisciplinary projects are available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559