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PhD in Linguistics - SF22/ADSS/LING


About the Programme

Contact for general queries relating to these self-funded opportunities: Dr Phillip Wallage , email:

The PhD level research project will involve an empirical investigation in any area of Linguistics. The specific topic will be negotiated with the supervisor.

The Linguistics group at Northumbria University have a wide range of research interests and expertise. We particularly welcome empirical, data-driven projects in the following areas of linguistic study:

·        Applied Linguistics

·        Language learning and language pedagogy

·        First and second language acquisition

·        Forensic linguistics

·        Cognitive linguistics

·        Language and society

·        Semantics

·        Pragmatics

·        Critical discourse analysis

·        Psycholinguistics

·        The evolution of language and communication

·        Heritage languages

·        Historical linguistics and language change

·        Stylistics

·        Educational linguistics

·        Language policy

The successful candidate will undertake PhD level study, working alongside staff and associated PhD students in the English Language & Linguistics group at Northumbria University. The following link provides more information about the diverse range of linguistic research undertaken by our academic staff and PhD students:


It is expected that candidates will have a background in an area of linguistics or English language relevant to their chosen topic. However, applications from candidates with a background in other subject areas relevant to the topic will also be considered.

Northumbria University has a large and lively postgraduate community in the Humanities. Our PhD students benefit from generous research space and resources in the recently expanded Glenamara Centre as well as the Institute of Humanities. PhD students develop a portfolio of skills and competencies through the Humanities Training Programme, the Teaching Shadowing Scheme, the annual PhD conference and the Graduate School’s Professional Development and Research Training Programme. In addition, each PhD student is allocated a personal research allowance to be used for fieldwork costs and/or conference attendance as well as funding to support the organisation and development of research networks, conferences and seminar series.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note these eligibility requirements:

·        Academic excellence of the proposed student, i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

·        Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

·        Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see


Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (SF22/ADSS/LING) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications:

Start Date: 3 October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the equality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community. We value the diverse routes that our PhD students take to get here, and we recognise that this diversity of experience leads to stronger research. Our Subject Area Leads will actively support and encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, offering guidance on the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project open to Home, EU and International Students. * Please note that in order to be classed as a Home Student, candidates must meet AT LEAST ONE OF the following criteria: - be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or - have settled status, or - have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or - have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

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