Research course

Sociolinguistics

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Language and Linguistics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Masters degree in relevant area.

MPhil or PhD

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

We offer supervision for our PhD Sociolinguistics in the areas of: conversation analysis, language variation and change, dialects and language contact, gender differentiation in language, multilingualism, intercultural pragmatics, language maintenance and shift, Pidgin and Creole linguistics, and language and human rights.

Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include studies of the consequences of language contact between Arabic and Cypriot Greek, dialect contact and acquisition of American children in British schools, responses to different types of announcements, and linguistic resources to express agreement.

Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers. Other career paths our former PhD students have taken include publishing, social work, administration, and retail.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.

Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.

Department specialisms

Research supervision is available in the following fields: applied linguistics; Computer Assisted Language Learning; English for specific purposes; English language teaching; experimental linguistics; L1 acquisition; L2 learning; morphology; phonology; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics; syntax.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
60 months
distance learning
48 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-lal@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 873473