Research course


University of Surrey · Department Language and Translation

Entry requirements

A good first degree (a minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and an MA in a topic relevant to Linguistics or Applied Linguistics. In exceptional cases, students with a good first degree will be considered. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Research in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Surrey focuses on the consequences linguistic diversity has for developing theories of language structure and use. The languages and linguistic settings researched cover the entire globe, with specialists documenting and describing the structure and use of familiar and less familiar languages spoken in the Pacific, Asia, the Caucasus, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Two main streams of postgraduate research in Linguistics are conducted with the School of English and Languages. These are characterised by their focus on the grammatical structure of languages (Theoretical, Descriptive and Typological Linguistics) or the ways in which language-related research can have practical applications (Applied Linguistics).

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 7.0 in the Writing component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding for PhD research in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics in the School of English and Languages is available from two main UK sources.

- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships (maintenance and fees for 3 years for a full-time student or 5 years for a part-time student) are available for UK students through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership. Overseas students are not eligible for TECHNE Scholarships, and EU students are eligible for fees but not maintenance.

- The Faculty Studentship Programme fully funds a number of three-year studentships for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-96 months
full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 681 681