Why Study With Us?
Our School is one of the highest-ranked departments in the UK according to the latest International Student Barometer (Autumn 2011), scoring 91% for 'learning', 95% for 'support' and 100% in the overall category of 'living experience'.
92% of our postgraduate students said that they felt the course had exceeded their expectations (2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey).
In the 2012 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 94% of our students stated their supervision expectations were either met or exceeded.
Housed within a single building, we have a recently refurbished postgraduate computing suite, with attached common room, kitchen and shower facilities, and 40 networked desktop computers and a wireless network for laptops, for the exclusive use of postgraduates. Free printing, scanning and tea/coffee making facilities are also available.
Specialist facilities including a digital media lab, audio-visual collections, and unique archives of dialectal English and children's literature.
The Postgraduate Speaker Series provides regular opportunities to present working papers, while the Postgraduate Forum addresses key areas of professional development such as how to write a CV. We also host an annual postgraduate conference in Applied and Theoretical Linguistics as well as a Sociolinguistics Summer School.
Home to 200 postgraduates, the School has a strong sense of community, and a vibrant, international social culture which is fostered by the PG Social Events Committee. Recent events have included pot luck dinners, pub quizzes, and a murder mystery evening all hosted by the students and promoted on the PG Blog.
The School's postgraduate students have generous access to a range of School-specific funding opportunities. These include the research support fund (to support conference trips and archival visits), writing-up fund (for those in financial hardship during their final year) and a conference fund (to support students wanting to organize their own conference). Free interlibrary loans are also available.
The School has also sponsored many successful conferences, colloquia, and workshops in which postgraduate students have played a significant role.