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PhD in Linguistics: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

PhD in Linguistics: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

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3 years

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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary

The Linguistics Section is unique in the UK in that it integrates theoretical and applied linguistics in a single section. The Section provides great variety and flexibility in course contents as well as subject-specific training and diversity of intellectual interactions. PhD topics in the range of research specialisms represented in the section and beyond the section in the Faculty of MMLL are accepted. Thus, students may choose to focus on a theoretically oriented study of the language sciences (eg interest in the syntactic organisation or sound structure of different languages), but may also be interested in a more applied direction of Linguistics (language acquisition, language processing, data mining of language corpora), or may choose to look at Linguistics from a specific language point of view (Italian linguistics).

In British universities, the PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) is traditionally awarded solely on the basis of a thesis, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. Within linguistics, some PhD students may do most of their work in libraries, or spend part of their time collecting and analysing data, or carry out experiments or fieldwork. The completion of the PhD thesis is generally expected to take three years, and most funding is based on this assumption. In addition to providing special supervision, both the Section and the Faculty run a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students.

The programme includes seminars and workshops on library resources, giving conference papers, publishing, applications and interviews, teaching skills, specialist linguistic training, and film-making. The School of the Arts and Humanities runs a central programme covering a range of topics from PhD skills training, to language training and writing and editing skills. If you wish, you are likely to be given the opportunity of gaining experience in small group teaching for colleges. There may also be opportunities to gain some experience in language teaching in the Faculty.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Distinction). Ordinarily Applicants should hold a distinction or equivalent in a Master's degree, in addition to a strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential.