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Full time | Lancaster University | 36 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


36 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

This programme offers full and part-time study with the option of studying on campus at Lancaster or off-site. We have research-active academic staff and researchers to share your ideas and experiences with.

We offer support to all postgraduate students via:

  • a postgraduate study skills module for Linguistics students
  • access to activities in our research centres
  • staff-student research groups
  • optional modules from across the department to add breadth to studies.

Currently, the Department hosts active research groups in areas such as critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language and gender, language testing, literacy, pragmatics and stylistics, and second language acquisition. These involve postgraduate students and staff.

Research degrees can be undertaken full-time, part-time, or by a combination of both. You can also register as studying away from Lancaster for part of your studies.

Proposals are accepted in a wide range of topics including language and media, linguistic description and theory, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, language learning and teaching, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, gender and language, literacy, stylistics, language testing, and pragmatics.

You will be assigned a PhD supervisor, consideration will be taken to match you with the supervisor whose current active research interests and expertise is relevant to your chosen topic.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have: 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Applied Linguistics or a related subject, for example Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Education; Master's degree (UK or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the proposed research, with an average of at least 60% for UK MAs.