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MPhil/PhD Linguistics

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Information about Research in Linguistics Research Department:

  • UCL Linguistics is eminent for its work in theoretical linguistics, which has attracted significant AHRC funding.
  • Our staff carry out research aimed at discovering the nature and origin of the abstract principles and representations that characterise the human language faculty and the ways in which this faculty interacts with other cognitive systems in communication (production and perception).
  • Forming part of the UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, we are able to offer enhanced opportunities for cross-disciplinary research.
  • We encourage and facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction among the full spectrum of UCL staff engaged in research on human language and communication, both theoretical and experimental, and we are involved in extensive collaboration with international research groups.


General Information about Studying for an MPhil/PhD in our Department:

Full-time: 3 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student. If the thesis is not submitted within this time, students may register as Completing Research Students for 1 additional year.

Part time: 5 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student. If the thesis is not submitted within this time, students may register as Completing Research Students for 2 additional years.


PhD Supervisors

A full list of staff (and their research interests) can be found online at:

Research Topics

Research Topics within the Department of Linguistics
Language development: language acquisition (syntax, morphology and lexicon); development of communicative and pragmatic abilities; pragmatics and atypical development
Andrew Nevins  
Nausicaa Pouscoulous  
Kriszta Szendrői  
Neurolinguistics: the neural instantiation of knowledge of language; semantic, syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia
Andrea Santi  
Phonology: relation between phonological representations and the speech signal; syllable typology; phonological variation and change
John Harris  
Andrew Nevins  
Semantics and pragmatics: relevance theory; philosophy of language; the semantics/ pragmatics interface; formal semantics and pragmatics; experimental pragmatics; foundations of communication; semantic/pragmatic deficits in autism and other syndromes
Richard Breheny  
Robyn Carston  
Nathan Klinedinst  
Nausicaa Pouscoulous  
Syntax: core properties of syntax (phrase structure, the theory of syntactic dependencies, including the theory of movement), the interfaces between syntax and syntax-external systems (semantics, including scope and information structure, phonology and morphology), the relation between grammar and the performance systems, in particular parsing. Syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia and other syndromes.
Klaus Abels  
Ad Neeleman  
Andrew Nevins  
Kriszta Szendrői  
Hans van de Koot  


Linguistics Careers

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).


Scholarship Opportunities

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found here

Admin contacts

PhD Administrator: Richard Jardine