Research course


UCL - University College London · Research Department of Linguistics

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Doctoral research in Linguistics may be carried out in any of the areas listed below (pragmatics, semantics, syntax, phonology, language-acquisition, etc.). As well as offering supervision at the cutting-edge of theoretical work in all these domains, there are exciting opportunities for experimental testing of theories, as the department is rapidly developing training programmes in experimental design and techniques.

The UCL Linguistics department is both outstanding itself and has wide-ranging links with other excellent Linguistics departments across London. Our doctoral students are supervised by world leaders in the field. Located within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, cross-disciplinary training and joint supervision is possible (with scholars in psychology, neuroscience, speech-science, etc.). We run a weekly graduate school, ‘Advanced Core Training in Linguistics’ (, and a summer school, both taught by eminent scholars from UK and Europe

Department specialisms

The research department is pre-eminent in theoretical linguistics, especially in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, phonology, and normal and abnormal language development. Language development: language acquisition (syntax morphology and lexicon); development of communicative and pragmatic abilities; experimental pragmatics; pragmatics and atypical development Neurolinguistics: semantic, syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia; noun-verb differences in different populations Phonology: relation between phonological representations and the speech signal; syllable typology; phonological variation and change Semantics and pragmatics: relevance theory; philosophy of language; the semantics/ pragmatics interface; formal semantics and pragmatics; foundations of communication; semantic/pragmatic deficits in autism and other syndromes Syntax: relation between syntax and information structure (topic/focus); interactions between different movement types; syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia and other syndromes; (research is carried out in a broadly Chomskyan framework).

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mr Richard Jardine
+44 (0)20 7679 4245
020 7679 3001