PhD Linguistics / Overview
Year of entry: 2024
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- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- 3 years [full-time], 6 years [part-time]
- Entry requirements
- Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
- Master's degree in a relevant subject – with an overall average of 65% or above, a minimum mark of 65% in your dissertation and no mark below 55% (or overseas equivalent)
- Number of places/applicants
- There is no limit on the number of places available.
- How to apply
Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered.
For consideration in internal funding competitions, you must submit your completed application by 12 January 2024.
If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self–funding, you must submit your application before the below deadlines to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these dates have passed.
- For September 2024 entry: 30 June 2024
- For January 2025 entry: 30 September 2024
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Our PhD Linguistics programme enables you to carry out research in a field of linguistics that matches the interests of one of our members of staff.
The Department of Linguistics and English Language is an international centre for Linguistics, with 20 full-time members of staff and approximately 15 postgraduate research students.
We are virtually unique in the UK and beyond in the breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches represented by our members, many of whom are internationally renowned scholars in their specialisms.
Our academics' areas of expertise include:
- phonetics and phonology
- syntax (lexical-functional grammar, role and reference grammar, construction grammar, and minimalism)
- (formal) semantics
- historical linguistics
- the linguistics of English
- language contact
- variationist sociolinguistics
- child language acquisition
- field linguistics and language documentation
- quantitative corpus-based approaches
- forensic linguistics.
In our research, we combine the advancement of theoretical approaches with a strong concern for their empirical and methodological foundations.
Each member of staff also has a special interest in particular languages and language families, including major European languages, as well as lesser known languages of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.
WE DO NOT, HOWEVER, SUPERVISE PROJECTS WITH A FOCUS ON SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING OR LANGUAGE PEDAGOGY. PLEASE, DO NOT CONTACT STAFF MEMBERS ABOUT SUCH PROJECTS.
Joint supervision arrangements for interdisciplinary projects are available.
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our open days .
Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 were as follows:
UK students (per annum): £4,712
International, including EU, students (per annum): £21,000
UK students (per annum): £2,356
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
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.
There are a range of scholarships, studentships and awards to support both UK and overseas postgraduate researchers, details of which can be found via the links below.
To apply University of Manchester funding, you must indicate in your application the competitions for which you wish to be considered. The deadline for most internal competitions, including AHRC NWCDTP and School of Arts, Languages and Cultures studentships is 12 January 2024.
All external funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below.
- ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships 2024 Entry (TBC)
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) PhD Studentships 2024 Entry
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2024 Entry
- China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester (CSC-UoM) Joint Scholarship Programme 2024 Entry (TBC)
- Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships 2024 Entry
- Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (High Income Countries)
- Humanities Doctoral Academy Humanitarian Scholarship 2024 Entry
- Commonwealth PhD Scholarships (Least Developed Countries and Fragile States)
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- Contact name
- Humanities Doctoral Academy Admissions
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