The Phonetics and Phonology IPhD is designed for students who wish to develop an advanced theoretical and analytical grounding in Phonetics and Phonology. The focus is on its application in first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, speech science, and language patterning.
The Integrated PhD has a substantial taught and assessed component, as well as a supervised research element. The foundation is a common core of modules dealing with essential theoretical issues and research methods. You are also offered specialised modules which act as the basis for your thesis.
You will have an individual course of study based on your needs and sponsor's requirements.
The research phase of the programme offers supervision in:
- phonetics and phonology in second language acquisition and bilingualism
- phonetics and phonology in first language acquisition
- sociophonetic perspectives on speech perception and production
- phonological theory and phonological patterns in various languages
- phonetic and phonological characteristics of languages and language description
One of the strengths of the course is that it brings together the teaching and research expertise of staff belonging to three schools that make up the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CriLLS). These are:
- School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences (ECLS)
- School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL)
- School of Modern Languages (SML)
This widens the pool of modules that are available and enables you to interact with staff and students from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our particular areas of strength are in:
- first and second language acquisition
- speech production and perception in multilingual contexts
- phonological theory
The cross-cutting theme within these areas that we are all interested in is the link between perception, production and learning.
Our perception research looks at the role of speakers and listeners in shaping linguistic systems and sound change.
Work on production and learning covers our interest in investigating meaningful sound patterning, including how it is acquired, stored, and produced within a social context. Our work also investigates categorical and graded aspects of speech and the role of language-specific factors in shaping these categories.
Recent graduates of phonetics and phonology at Newcastle have worked on a variety of languages and dialects, including:
- Arabic (a range of dialects)
Our graduates go on to work in academic institutions across the world, and in public and private institutions specialising in health sciences, media and communication, speech technology and forensic science.
British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP)
When you reach the research stage, you are encouraged to become a member of the British Association of Academic Phoneticians (BAAP). This is the professional organisation for phoneticians in Britain.
Its members are involved in research in phonetics, in teaching phonetics in higher education, and in the application of phonetic knowledge in areas such as speech and language therapy, speech technology and forensic science.
The Association holds a Colloquium every two years. This provides an opportunity for members and invited participants to meet, present their research, and discuss issues of concern to the academic community.
The IPhD is structured over four years, full time. A typical course consists of:
- taught stage (year one): you will take six core modules
- research stage (years two, three and four): you will undertake a supervised research project within five areas of specialisation
A variety of assessment approaches are used in the modules, including:
- lab reports
- oral and written class tests
The research element is assessed through a thesis of 80,000 words.
The Phonetics Lab forms part of Newcastle's Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS), one of the UK's largest groupings of speech and language specialists. Alongside standard acoustic analysis software and high quality recording equipment, our facilities include:
- ultrasound imaging
This provides the means of undertaking a wide range of acoustic, articulatory and perceptual investigations.
We're located in Room 2.12 of the King George VI Building on the main University campus.
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Training & Skills
Modules for 2017 entry
- SEL8154 Issues in Phonological Theory I
- SEL8205 Issues in Phonological Theory II
- SPE8011 Fundamental Elements of Phonetics and Phonology
- SPE8032 Core Issues in Experimental Phonetics and Phonology
- SEL8531 Research Methods for IPhD Students
- SPE8319 Phonetics and Phonology Research Project
You will take one optional 20 credit module from:
- SEL8163 Sociolinguistics of Language and Society
- SEL8513 Variation and the Grammar
- SEL8639 Ethno-linguistic Variation
Or language development:
Or second language acquisition:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership
The ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership is a joint venture between Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Sunderland, Teesside University and Ulster University. We are a centre of excellence for postgraduate social sciences. We offer a world-class, interdisciplinary environment for doctoral training and research.
Funded and accredited by the ESRC, we are one of the most innovative of the national network of doctoral training centres with a strong track record of partnership working with public, private and community organisations.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £16,800
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, or a master's degree in an appropriate subject.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
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The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
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