The study of language and linguistics provides a window on the mind, on people, and on society. We develop linguistic theories that are grounded in diverse and novel forms of empirical data, and we strive to ensure that research leads to real-world applications and societal impact. Our research bridges the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.
- World-leading research
- We’re ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of our research - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021)
- World top 100
- We're in the world top 100 for linguistics (QS World Rankings by subject 2022).
- Specialist facilities
- Our dedicated laboratories house experimental equipment, specialist software and large corpora of data for analysis.
- Interdisciplinary community
- The Humanities Research Centre provides a hub for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate life in the arts and humanities at York.
As a PhD student, you will be an integral part of our friendly and supportive research community. We offer three PhD programmes which cover our areas of expertise and areas which intersect with other disciplines.
PhD in Linguistics
Specialise in one or more of our focus areas: phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics/language variation and change, syntax and semantics, psycholinguistics, forensic speech science, and language history and diversity.
PhD in Applied Linguistics
This is an interdisciplinary programme, run jointly with Department of Education. It addresses language learning, second language acquisition, EFL, language policy, and language processing.
PhD in Language and Communication
This is an interdisciplinary programme, involving the Departments of Education, Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology, and Sociology. It focuses on investigating everyday language and communicative structures. We especially welcome projects on conversation analysis, and on multilingual and multicultural settings.
PhD in Psycholinguistics
Psycholinguistics asks questions about how language is produced and understood in real time, and how it is acquired by first and second language learners. It is inherently cross-disciplinary, drawing on knowledge and techniques from theoretical and applied linguistics and psychology, and is both informed by and has implications for education.
Our academic staff have a broad range of specialisations, including:
- Phonetics and phonology
- Syntax and semantics
- Language variation and change
- Sociolinguistics and sociophonetics
- Language acquisition (L1 and L2)
- Forensic Speech Science
- Conversation analysis