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Linguistics MPhil/PhD

The PhD Linguistics at UCL is the best training available for anyone intending to pursue an academic career in research/lecturing in the dynamic field of linguistics (or adjacent areas within cognitive-science). It gives students unparalleled contact with the top thinkers in the discipline and opportunities to participate in international conferences.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
16 January 2015
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 16 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 16 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.

Entry Requirements

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 requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Careers

Employability

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.

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 › 15 staff › 0 taught students › 20 research students

Department: Linguistics

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Belk

Subject: Linguistics MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30
Scholarship applicants
2015-01-16
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 16 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 16 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.

For more information see our Applications page.

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