Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer

English Language PhD

View tabs | View full page

Degree awarded
36 months full-time, 72 months part-time
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
There is no limit on the number of places available.
How to apply

For details of how to apply, go to: Apply online

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The Department of Linguistics and English Language is an international centre for Linguistics, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 30 Postgraduate Research students.  It is virtually unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by its members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms. Manchester scholars contributed to The Cambridge history of the English language and The Cambridge grammar of the English language. In their research, members of the department combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations.

Potential PhD projects in English Language may fall into any department member's area of expertise. These include English historical linguistics, quantitative corpus-based approaches to both historical and contemporary varieties of English, English dialects, child language acquisition, and variational sociolinguistics. Specialisms include all areas of linguistics analysis ranging from phonetics and phonology to syntax (Lexical-Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, Construction Grammar, and Minimalism), formal semantics, and pragmatics. We do not, however, supervise projects with a focus on the teaching and learning of English.

For more information about the research interests of individual members of staff, please visit


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,996
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Projects in some research areas within English Languages are also eligible for funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC  and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the School website for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which will be posted on the School website in January.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031

Academic department overview

See: About us

Related subject areas