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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

The study of language is fundamental to the research environment across the School of Arts, English and Languages, where various linguistic approaches are taken to varieties of English, French, Spanish, Irish, Arabic and more. You’ll be part of a dynamic doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from diverse backgrounds; we supervise students undertaking research in key sub-disciplines of linguistics, including: sociolinguistics, language acquisition, change and policy; language used in new media, narrative, literature, rhetoric and translation; and advancing knowledge of languages across the levels of phonetics and phonology, lexicology, morphology-syntax and pragmatics. Opportunities to attend Professionalising the PhD sessions, designed to help you maximise your research experience, and to organise or participate in Common Grounds, the annual postgraduate conference. This unique programme is delivered by leading international academic experts in specialist fields including phonetics and phonology, syntax and morphology, sociolinguistics and (critical) discourse analysis.

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Full time


3 years

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Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. While a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) is not essential, it is desirable and applicants without this qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Department profile

The Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queens University Belfast is an intellectual powerhouse spanning traditional humanities and social science subjects to innovative and cutting-edge areas in Creative Arts and applied professional studies. We have a long and proud international history of collaboration and partnership across our teaching and research activity which...more

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