Research degrees

We offer the following research degrees in linguistics, which you can study either full or part-time:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This is the most internationally-recognised research qualification, obtained through independent critical enquiry under the supervision of (normally two) experts in the field. It requires candidates to make an original contribution to the field, of publishable quality, assessed in a thesis of up to 100,000 words and an oral exam. The standard study period is three years full time (four years maximum) or six years part time.

Master of Arts by Research (MA)

This degree is for those who are planning on, or engaged in, a career which requires research expertise. It is also a suitable springboard for a doctorate for applicants with limited research experience or those who are new to the field. It is assessed by a thesis of up to 30,000 words, and normally takes one year full time or two years part time.

Professional Doctorate in Applied Linguistics (DAppLing) 

This is a doctoral research award which is aimed at people in a range of professional contexts that have a focus on language and communication. The programme comprises four assessed taught modules, an assessed research thesis of 50,000 words and an oral exam. The programme is taught part-time over a period of four to six years and the four taught modules are delivered during 4-day residential blocks.

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