Research Programmes

The Language Anaylsis Laboratory

Postgraduate Research Programmes

ECLS has a large and diverse group of around 200 research students. We welcome students with interests in education, speech & language sciences and applied linguistics/communication. Many come from professional backgrounds in teaching, speech & language therapy, language teaching and educational leadership. Some are local, some from other parts of the UK/EU and many are international.

If you are interested in doing a research degree, there are two decisions to be made:
What is my research area?
Should I do a ‘traditional’ PhD by research alone, or a part-taught doctorate?

For research areas, have a look at our networks:

Traditional doctorate (PhD) or part taught doctorate?

PhD is intended for people who already have a clear idea of a research topic and who have some experience of conducting research independently. There are two PhD programmes:

PhD Speech & Language Science

Before submitting a formal application it is important that you send us a brief proposal

Part-taught doctorates

The first year is devoted to a number of taught modules, plus preparation of your project proposal. Ideal if you want to get up to speed quickly with your subject area and research methods before embarking on your research. We have Integrated PhD (IPhD) and Doctorate in Education EdD programmes:

IPhD in Education & Applied Linguistics
IPhD in Education & Communication
IPhD in Phonetics and Phonology.

EdD: flexible programme for those already working in Education. Many of our UK students are registered part-time and combine doctoral study with their work.

We consider applications throughout the year – but if applying for external funding please note that specific deadlines may apply. For internal funding possibilities, please look at the Newcastle University postgraduate funding database:

For all our doctoral programmes, training is provided both by the HASS Research Training Programme (Link to: ) and within ECLS. You will also have regular meetings with your supervisor. Because of this, while outside study leave is available for fieldwork outside the UK, we do not offer distance learning programmes and part-time study is not available to international students.


PGR Secretary,
Room 3.13 King George VI Building
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, 
Newcastle University, 
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU 
Tel: +44 (0) 191 208 6569