Our Linguistics and English Language Integrated PhD (IPhD) combines taught modules with original research. The course is for those who haven't completed a programme that leads to PhD study. It will suit those with a background in linguistics, English Language or related disciplines. You'll strengthen your knowledge base and research skills before embarking on writing a thesis.
Studying for an IPhD at Newcastle University offers many benefits and advantages, including:
- a track record in student satisfaction
- diverse staff expertise
- activities and events
- career development
- funding opportunities
We're one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. This gives you the opportunity to enrich your research. You'll gain exposure to a wide range of methodologies and diverse theoretical perspectives
We offer three pathways, with supervision in the following areas:
- Language acquisition, development and evolution
- Language variation and change
- Formal linguistics
This pathway includes:
- first language acquisition and development
- acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology
- evolutionary linguistics
This pathway includes:
- historical/diachronic linguistics
- variationist/comparative linguistics
- dialect syntax
- corpus analysis
- linguistic typology
This pathway includes:
- syntactic theory and comparative syntax
- phonological theory
- morphophonology and morphosyntax
- philosophy of language and linguistics
- architecture of the language faculty
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What you'll learn
Year one forms the taught element of the course. You'll study compulsory and optional modules and select a specialist pathway.
You'll then complete a 60 credit independent research project (15,000 words).
You can gain valuable experience in journal editing and conference organisation through joining:
- the editorial team of the annually published Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics
- the organising team of the annual Postgraduate Conference in Applied and Theoretical Linguistics
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You must choose one of the following modules:
You will take three of the following modules and one 20 credit option to be chosen from a list of modules given in the Programme Handbook:
You must take one 20 credit module in advanced phonology OR in advanced syntax:
You will take three of the following modules and one 20 credit option to be chosen from a list given in the Programme Handbook:
- Research project for IPhD students
- Research methods for IPhD students
- Generative Syntax
- Issues in Phonological Theory I
- Issues in Phonological Theory II
You will take two of the following modules:
How you'll learn
In year one you take compulsory and optional 12-week modules. Between mid-May and early September of year one, you'll also work on a 15,000 word research project.
Years two, three and four constitute the research-based element of the course. You'll write a 80,000 word thesis under the guidance and direction of two supervisors.
The course is delivered at our Newcastle city centre campus. During the research phase of the course you can request a temporary change in study location. This is to allow for fieldwork and data collection.
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Research proposal
- Research paper
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Our mission is to help you:
- stay healthy, positive and feeling well
- overcome any challenges you may face during your degree – academic or personal
- get the most out of your postgraduate research experience
- carry out admin and activities essential to progressing through your degree
- understand postgraduate research processes, standards and rules
We can offer you tailored wellbeing support, courses and activities.
You can also access a broad range of workshops covering:
- research and professional skills
- careers support
- health and safety
- public engagement
- academic development
The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is one of the largest centres for linguistic research in Europe. You have a unique opportunity to acquire a wide range of methodologies and exposure to diverse theoretical perspectives to enrich your own research. We have a wide range of research supervisors you can work with.
We offer subject-specific research training, including specialised practical workshops on statistical packages and software used in corpus linguistic methodologies. This specific training complements the research training programme you will be part of as a postgraduate research student.
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 group
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
- language and cognition
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.
- techniques for effective research
- methods for better collaborative working
- essential professional standards and requirements
Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.
Our recent graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including:
- university administration
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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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The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics is a lively and diverse community with over 700 undergraduates and 200 postgraduates.
We are based in the Percy Building. Our purpose-built postgraduate suite includes:
- several dedicated computer clusters
- meeting rooms
- a kitchen
- lounge area
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
The award-winning Philip Robinson Library has an extensive audio-visual collection.
Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, you'll have access to a dedicated quiet study space, as well as use of a common room with kitchen facilities. The School also houses the Language Resource Centre. It has an extensive range of language learning facilities and resources, including:
- access to 24 satellite television channels from around the world
- listen and record facilities for speaking practice
- interactive language learning software
- an international film collection of over 800 titles
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
For 2022-23 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2022 by UKRI.
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:
Postgraduate and Marketing Secretary
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7199
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
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