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Research degrees in Linguistics / Applied Linguistics


Please note:

  • Applicants for PhD in Applied Linguistics should choose the appropriate application form for full or part time study starting in semester one, two or three.
  • Applicants for a PhD in Linguistics should scroll down the page and choose the appropriate application form for full or part time study starting in semester one, two or three.


See also: the website for the Department of Linguistics

The Department is one of the leading Linguistics research departments in the UK (top-ranked by the Guardian and the Times Higher Educationfor the RAE 2008). The Department's research encompasses both the structure of language and its use within speech communities and different social contexts.

The Department works closely with other linguists in the School, who have specific interests in French, German and Hispanic languages. We have a lively programme of seminars and reading groups and a series of invited guest lectures. Graduate students also receive advanced training in research methodology and specific areas of linguistics from the department's own research training workshops and from advanced core training in lingustics.

Students have access to the major academic libraries and resources in London, in addition to our own study facilities. The Department has a purpose-built linguistics laboratory and recording studio. The laboratory is fully stocked with state-of-the-art recording and transcribing equipment, a comprehensive range of public corpora and software for analysing language and workstations for graduate students and research fellows.

Research areas

Our specific areas of interest are: syntax, semantics and morphology; prosody, tone and intonation; the structure of spoken language; dialect syntax; and sociolinguistics including variationist, interactional and discourse-analytic approaches.

Current research projects include work on phi-theory, nominal and pronominal structure, definiteness, experimental morphosemantics, dialect retention and change, indexicality and speech perception, language and the media and urban youth language.

Entry requirements

For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent. The School accepts students for a research degree leading to a PhD of the University of London. The Linguistics Department attracts the very best PhD candidates, and competition for places and for funding is at the highest level. In order to determine whether our PhD Programme is the right fit for you, and what kind of supervision and financial awards might be appropriate for you, please complete our Applicant Query Form. We will then contact you to advise the best course of action.

Please also refer to the How to apply section.

For international students, please refer to the International students section on this website.


The Department is interested in receiving applications in a wide range of Applied Linguistics Areas. Please note: currently we DO NOT OFFER SUPERVISION IN TESOL AND ELT TOPICS. Particular research strengths are focused on the study of institutional communication (for example, health and science communication), the relationships between politics, language and culture, and electronic communication. For further details please see the list of potential supervisors.

Further information

For further information please contact:
Linguistics PhD Admissions

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