A first or upper-second class BA honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, and a distinction or merit in an MA in Linguistics or a closely related field.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Months of entry
January, September, May
A PhD, also known as a doctorate, is a requirement for a career as an academic or researcher. In addition, it has become a qualification valued by many employers who recognise the skills and commitment a PhD requires. Employers also recognise that a PhD indicates excellent research capabilities, discipline and communication skills.
Over the duration of the PhD, you produce an original piece of research of up to 100,000 words.
Current PhD projects include: ‘Prosody of Language and Music’, ‘Mapping the Musical Rhythms of Autistic Speech’, ‘Arpitan: A Study of An Emerging Linguistic Variety’, ‘It's A Funny Old World: The Construction of Possible Worlds in Jokes and Stand-up Comedy’ and ‘Investigating and Defining Urdu Phonology and its Role and Use in L2 (English) Perception and Production’.
The Department of English Language & Linguistics offers supervision from world-class academics with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, able to support and guide you through your research. Your progress is carefully monitored to ensure that you are on track to produce a thesis that is valued by the academic community. Throughout your programme, you are able to attend and contribute to research seminars, workshops, and research and transferable skills training courses.
Information for international students
International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6 for each component.
Fees and funding
You may be eligible for a fully-funded PhD scholarship to support your studies with us. The PhD in Linguistics at Kent can be funded through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) scheme, through the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Centre, or through the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) collaborative doctoral partnerships. Please indicate in your application if you want to be considered for any of these programmes, and explain your eligibility for the chosen scheme.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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