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Newcastle University: Linguistics and English Language

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
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Study type Research


Our Linguistics and English Language Integrated PhD (IPhD) combines taught modules with original research. You will develop knowledge and expertise in linguistics and English language. You will also gain detailed knowledge and experience of research methods and research management. 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.

Year one forms the taught element of the course. You will study compulsory and optional modules and select a specialist pathway. You will then complete a 60 credit independent research project (15,000 words).

Years two, three and four constitute the research based element of the course. You will write a 80,000 word thesis under the guidance and direction of two supervisors.


We offer three pathways, with supervision in the following areas:

Language acquisition, development and evolution •first language acquisition and development •acquisition of second language morphosyntax and phonology •evolutionary linguistics.

Language variation and change •historical/diachronic linguistics •variationist/comparative linguistics •sociolinguistics •grammaticalization •dialect syntax •corpus analysis •linguistic typology.

Formal linguistics •syntactic theory and comparative syntax •phonological theory •morphophonology and morphosyntax •philosophy of language and linguistics •architecture of the language faculty.


We are 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.

Our Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) offers training that complements the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme. Your training is organised by a postgraduate researcher and academic staff to ensure that your training needs are met. Sessions include: •writing conference abstracts •presenting at conferences •preparing job applications and interviews •practical workshops on specific software programs (eg statistical packages, corpus linguistic methodologies).

Internationally renowned linguistic researchers are regularly invited to give guest lectures.

You can join our Special Interest Groups in linguistics, which usually meet every two to four weeks.

Additionally, our Student Work in Progress meetings give you the opportunity to present your work to a student audience, giving you instant feedback and discussions around your research.


In year one you take compulsory and optional 12 week modules. Between mid-May and early September of year one, you will also work on a 15,000 word research project.

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.

Work experience:

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.


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 where the majority of your seminars and tutorials will take place.

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