Research course

English language and linguistics

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

A Masters degree in English language or linguistics or a related area.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Linguistics
  • MPhil in Linguistics

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subdisciplines of English language and linguistics. There is active research in descriptive grammar and theoretical syntax, discourse analysis, first- and second-language acquisition, lexicology and lexicography, phonetics and phonology, semantics and pragmatics, language variation and change, and sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, writing and orthography.

Our doctoral students work on a variety of areas of research, using approaches including corpus linguistics, ethnographic methods, field linguistics, and film and literary analysis.

We offer supervision in the description and analysis of any language or any variety of English. Recently we have supervised work on Kuwaiti Arabic, Azeri, Tunisian Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Kenyang, Korean, Setswana, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

Recent thesis titles

May and can in French-English interlanguage

A grammar of Hadari Arabic: a contrastivetypological perspective

The ‘motionisation’ of verbs in English and Tunisian Arabic

Examples of current areas of PhD research

A cognitive stylistic approach to cinematic characterisation

A descriptive grammar of the Hadari Kuwaiti dialect of Arabic

Verbs of motion in Tunisian Arabic

Department specialisms

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877303