Research course

Linguistics (Modern Languages)

University of Nottingham · School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We would usually expect you to hold, or be working towards, a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

A PhD in linguistics (modern languages) allows you to research a linguistic topic related to one or more modern languages. Our areas of expertise for supervision include the following:

  • Sociolinguistics (including language standardization, historical sociolinguistics)
  • History of Linguistics (i.e. history of ideas about language, including the history of grammar-writing of particular languages)
  • Pragmatics and Interactional Linguistics (including Conversation Analysis in workplace and institutional settings, Politeness Studies, Intercultural Communication Studies)
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Corpus Linguistics (especially diachronic linguistics)
  • Applied Linguistics, especially Foreign/Second Language Education and its history
  • Historical Linguistics

You can research any modern language but the school has particular expertise in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian-Croatian and Slovene, as well as expertise in Italian and Chinese. We also have a Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studiesand an MA Digital Technologies for Language Teaching.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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