Research course


University of Kent · School of English
MA by researchPhD

Entry requirements

For MA applications, a first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. For PhD applications, an MA in Linguistics or a closely related field is highly desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

English Language and Linguistics (ELL), founded in 2010, is the newest department of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL). ELL is a dynamic and growing department with a vibrant research culture. We specialise in experimental and theoretical linguistics. In particular, our interests focus on quantitative and experimental research in speech and language processing, variation and acquisition, but also cover formal areas such as syntax, as well as literary stylistics. In addition to English and its varieties, our staff work on French, German, Greek, Romani, Francoprovençal, Korean and Russian.

We welcome applications from students interested in MA and PhD research. Please see our staff and research pages for more information on the topics staff are able to supervise.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

Every school at Kent offers one or two University postgraduate research scholarships, each available for three years, providing fees at the home/EU rate and a stipend up to £13,590 per annum (2011/12 rate).

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information and application details.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
60-72 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Professor Amalia Arvanti
+44 (0) 1227 827734