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8190f-49 - Linguistics, Applied Linguistics MPhil, PhD

Linguistics, Applied Linguistics MPhil, PhD

As a postgraduate researcher in linguistics or applied linguistics, you'll carry out a major research project working with supervisors who are experts in your field.

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Overview

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.

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MPhil, PhD

How you'll learn

Your development

Research skills

The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) offers subject-specific research training. This training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student. 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.

Student work-in-progress meetings

Our 'student work in progress' meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience. You'll get instant feedback and discussions around your research.

Special interests groups

Our special interests groups also facilitate researchers with common interests to share ideas, develop new skills and gain feedback on their work. The groups meet regularly and include topics like:

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

Guest lectures

Internationally renowned linguistic researchers have previously given guest lectures, recent speakers include:

  • Professor Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto
  • Professor J K Chambers, University of Toronto
  • Professor David Pesetsky, MIT
  • Professor Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact

Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements

Your researcher development programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the HaSS research training programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD may be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Your future

Career development

You'll 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'll 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.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

Members of the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences also have a dedicated space. This space provides a range of resources, including access to:

  • linguistics software (eg Childes, Clan, Elan, Praat)
  • linguistic corpora (eg DECTE, ICE, ICAME)
  • specialised equipment such as the eye tracker

We have two postgraduate research student study rooms, the largest of which has recently been upgraded with additional workstations and soft seating area. We have a Resource Centre and two on-site clinics:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

Using the application portal

The applicant portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the applicant portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.


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Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can 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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