Postgraduate

Linguistics, Applied Linguistics MPhil, PhD

Linguistics, Applied Linguistics MPhil, PhD

MPhil - full time: minimum 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months
PhD - full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months

Profile

Newcastle University is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. This gives you the unique opportunity to learn a wide range of methodologies. You will be exposed to diverse theoretical perspectives, which will enrich your own research.

As a postgraduate researcher in linguistics or applied linguistics, you will carry out a major research project working with supervisors who are experts in your field. We offer supervision in a wide range of languages and areas, including:

  • second language learning
  • conversation and discourse analysis
  • inter/cross cultural communication
  • corpus linguistics
  • oral communicative competence in a second language
  • language endangerment
  • syntax and morphology
  • phonetics and phonology
  • history of English
  • language variation and change
  • language evolution
  • (variationist) sociolinguistics
  • bilingualism
  • first and second language acquisition

Linguistics and applied linguistics is split across three Schools:

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 100 for Linguistics - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Centres and Institutes

Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars and interest groups. Our most important connections are with:

The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) offers research training to complement that delivered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A postgraduate researcher and a member of academic staff organise the programme, which ensures that it addresses linguistics students’ needs. Sessions include:

  • writing conference abstracts
  • presenting at conferences
  • preparing job applications
  • preparing for interviews

We also provide practical workshops on specialist software programs. These include statistical packages and those used in corpus linguistic methodologies.

Supervisors

Our supervisors' current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

Career development

You will develop your career within a research-led community and benefit from funding opportunities. Recent MPhil and PhD graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including:

  • academia
  • education
  • publishing
  • university administration

Additionally, you can involve yourself in range of activities and events. As a PhD student you can gain experience in journal editing and conference organisation. You will have the opportunity to join the editorial team in publishing the annual Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics. You can also get involved in the organising team of the annual Postgraduate Conference in Applied and Theoretical Linguistics. As well as this, you can present your work to a student audience for feedback at our regular Student Work in Progress (SWiP) meetings.

You will be welcome to join our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in linguistics, which meet on a regular basis. These allow researchers to share ideas, develop new skills and get feedback on their work. The meetings involve discussions on research papers, presenting or viewing presentations and receiving linguistic software guidance. Current SIGs include:

  • language variation and change
  • theoretical phonology
  • corpus linguistics
  • syntax
  • language and cognition

You will also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures. We often invite international scholars to present on their research specialism. Recent distinguished speakers include:

  • Prof. Ellen Bialystok (York University, Toronto)
  • Prof. J.K. Chambers (University of Toronto)
  • Prof. David Pesetsky (MIT)
  • Prof. Elizabeth Closs Traugott (Stanford University)

Delivery

Your attendance at Newcastle is flexible, depending on your field work or if you are away collecting data. You will have regular meetings with your supervisory team, supported by email and Skype.

You will be part of a diverse community with a high number of international students. You will have opportunities to attend seminars across the disciplines of linguistics, applied linguistics, speech and language sciences and education to engage with staff and fellow-students from all over the world. Many of our students already have well-developed professional careers and are inspired to explore research questions arising from their experience.

The MPhil involves research leading to the completion of a 50,000 word thesis. This is ideal if you do not need formal training (eg established scholars). You could also use the MPhil as the first stage to registering on the PhD. The PhD is an independent, supervised research project. This leads to the production of a 100,000 word thesis. You will develop your own ideas and explore the field of knowledge to which your thesis topic relates. This involves:

  • critical engagement with relevant literature
  • selection and/or collection of data
  • analysis and interpretation of the data within a specific theoretical framework
  • further development of that framework

You will work with supervisors who are responsible for guidance and advice. They will be your first point of contact if you have any academic issues. If you choose to study full time, you will have at least ten structured interactions with your supervisors per year. If you study part time, you will have at least five. If you are based in the UK and wish to maintain your professional employment, part time study is a flexible option.

You can choose to enter the annual competition for ESRC funded studentships through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. You should contact us well in advance of the February deadline if you are planning to apply.

Student Profile

I am very impressed by the number of opportunities made available by the University for research, public dissemination of research, and non-academic career training.

Stephanie's student profile

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Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme and Student Support

Our Faculty Research Training Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a sound foundation for doctoral studies.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. Staff and students from across a range of disciplines can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite, a purpose-built facility for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. There are also a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*

EU

Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*


*The fees stated above are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for UK/EU students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Once these fees have been confirmed (typically February), we will update this page.

International

Full time: £17,340

 

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalents, in relevant subjects.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

You need to contact a potential supervisor before applying. Please contact:

  • Ghada Khattab (Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Education Communication and Language Sciences)
  • or a member of our staff

We will ask you to submit a short research proposal of up to 1,000 words with your application. Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

Start dates

There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • September

 There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

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.

Deposit

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.

Contact

Dr Ghada Khattab
Director of Postgraduate Research
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6583
Email: pgrecls@ncl.ac.uk

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