Our PhD programme in Linguistics attracts outstanding scholars, and competition for places and for funding is at the highest level. PhD students work closely with academic staff at the very forefront of the discipline and are part of a well-resourced, intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.
In order to register your interest in our PhD Programme, and ensure we offer you the best advice about supervisory possibilities, and funding opportunities, please complete our Applicant Query Form. We'll then know to look out for your application, and be able to coordinate our decision making. Applicants to the PhD Programme who don't engage early with the Applicant Query Process are rarely successful in obtaining an offer.
The programme is normally a 3-year research only PhD programme (i.e., there is no mandatory coursework component). A few ESRC-funded students will pursue a 1+3 programme, which includes an MRes training year. All students are expected to participate in regular training and research activities organised by the department. Students also have the opportunity to present their ongoing research to the department in a variety of both formal and informal settings. Our research students are an integral part of our research culture. We currently have 28 PhD students who help to make QMUL Linguistics a vibrant research community.
Some of our regular research and training events include:
Students can also take advantage of professional training events offered by the QMUL Academic Development Unit.
The Linguistics Research Centre provides dedicated working space for PhD Students and Post-Docs. It is situated in the third floor of the Queen's Building. For a full map including a legend, click here.
Before submitting a formal application, potential applicants are very strongly advised to complete the Applicant Query Form. Generally, only applicants who have completed the Query Form, and thus have documented their engagement with potential supervisors, are offered places in the PhD Program. The form also helps to determine whether there are any funding awards that may be suitable for you.
All applicants, regardless of funding prospects, must apply for their place at QMUL via the online portal. Please check the portal for application requirements and this year’s deadline.
Applicants to our PhD programmes may be eligible for competitive funding awards managed by the university. If you wish to be considered for one of our funded studentships, you must apply before the end of January for admission the following September. For September entry, the application deadline for most awards is mid January. Students hoping to be competitive for funding awards should allow time to substantially revise their initial proposals following feedback from their potential supervisor(s). This means initial contact should be made before December of the year preceding the intended start date.
Applicants are eligible to compete for the following QMUL-managed awards:
In addition to the competitions named above, students may also be eligible for external PhD funding competitions (including Commonwealth Scholarships and those offered by other national funding agencies. See here for further information).
Minimum entry requirements for our PhD programmes are:
Minimum entry requirements for the combined MRes and PhD programme are:
For questions about whether your qualifications match our requirements, contact Dr Linnaea Stockall, Director of Postgraduate Studies for Linguistics.
It is essential to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your proposed PhD project before you apply for admission. We normally do not accept students who have not yet secured agreement from a potential supervisor. If you are unsure who may be an appropriate supervisor for your project, have a look at the available supervisors below and/or contact email@example.com.
Staff currently available to supervise PhD students include:
How to Apply
Formal application is made via the QMUL online system. All application forms are available at this page. Please scroll down the list of buttons to find the relevant PhD in Linguistics form for your application.
Once you have applied online, we also encourage applicants to send a complete zip archive of their application dossier to the Director of Graduate Studies for Linguistics. This helps to ensure that applications are processed in as timely a fashion as possible.
If you have questions about the content of our PhD programme please contact:
Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott
Director of Postgraduate Studies for Linguistics