Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree.

Your qualification should be in English language or linguistics or a related subject area. You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subdisciplines of English language and linguistics. We welcome projects on any variety of English and are able to supervise the description and analysis of a range of languages.


We particularly welcome applications in the areas of:

  • descriptive grammar (including typological approaches) and/or theoretical syntax
  • discourse analysis (especially political and media discourse, discourse of identity, corpus linguistic approaches)
  • language variation and change
  • morphology, phonology, orthography
  • pragmatics (including intercultural pragmatics and im/politeness)
  • semantics, lexicology, (meta)lexicography
  • stylistics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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