Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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- Language development: language acquisition (syntax morphology and lexicon); development of communicative and pragmatic abilities; experimental pragmatics; pragmatics and atypical development
- Neurolinguistics: semantic, syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia; noun-verb differences in different populations
- Phonology: relation between phonological representations and the speech signal; syllable typology; phonological variation and change
- Semantics and pragmatics: relevance theory; philosophy of language; the semantics/ pragmatics interface; formal semantics and pragmatics; foundations of communication; semantic/pragmatic deficits in autism and other syndromes
- Syntax: relation between syntax and information structure (topic/focus); interactions between different movement types; syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia and other syndromes; (research is carried out in a broadly Chomskyan framework).
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in academic teaching and research in linguistics; high school teaching; the civil service; speech and language therapy (for children and adults); experimental work on children’s language development and artificial intelligence (human-machine interaction).
The skills and knowledge gained from a research degree in Linguistics include: specialist knowledge of phonology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics as required to become a teacher/researcher in academic linguistics; expert grasp of specific language issues or problems leading to a range of linguistically oriented careers, e.g. being a legal court interpreter, a speech and communication therapist, a field linguist, translator or recorder of endangered languages; expertise in experimental techniques for studying language processing, which equip the graduate for research work in a language lab; precise knowledge of computational techniques, enabling the graduate to work in IT businesses.
The opportunities for networking are vast as we invite many eminent international linguists and enable our students to attend seminars and conferences in the UK and overseas. Completion of a research degree with us will give you excellent credentials for taking on the competitive international linguistics job market.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Linguistics department is both outstanding itself and has wide-ranging links with other excellent Linguistics departments across London. Our doctoral students are supervised by world leaders in the field. Located within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, cross-disciplinary training and joint supervision is possible (with scholars in psychology, neuroscience, speech-science, etc.). We run a weekly graduate school, ‘Advanced Core Training in Linguistics’ (http://www.actl.ucl.ac.uk/), and a summer school, both taught by eminent scholars from UK and Europe. We run regular graduate research seminars in the specialist areas (syntax, phonology, pragmatics/semantics) and conf
Student / staff ratios › 16 staff including 2 postdocs › 20 research students
"I love the problem solving aspect - finding a set of data and trying to work out an analysis. In some ways my work is very scientific, almost mathematical, and I enjoy spending time thinking in the abstract. At the same time, coming up with good data sets to look for is creative, and lets me play with language in a more artistic way."
Zoe BelkLinguistics MPhil/PhD
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- All applicants
- 30 June 2016
- Scholarship applicants
- 16 January 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now