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Why a PhD in Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh?


About the Programme

Our fully-funded PhD Scholarships offer an excellent opportunity to join an internationally renowned department within a world-class university

Why a PhD in Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh?

  • Linguistics and English Language at Edinburgh has an outstanding international reputation in many areas of research. Linguistics research at Edinburgh ranks 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK in the Times Higher Education ranking by subject of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • We're ranked 3rd in the UK and 5th in the world for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2021).
  • Benefit from a tradition of excellence in teaching and cutting-edge research from world-leading academics.
  • Our large and inter-disciplinary research team work on all aspects of language, from theoretical to applied linguistics. We collaborate with researchers at Edinburgh and around the world in projects covering biology, education, psychology, cognitive science, and speech and language technologies.
  • Our graduate community of over 400 students is diverse, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.

What do the PhD Scholarships cover?

The PhD Scholarships, funded by the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) cover the full-time tuition fee (UK/international level) with an annual stipend of approximately £15,700 for three years (pro rata for part-time students).

In which research areas do staff offer supervision?

We can offer expert supervision across a wide range of topics including:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Developmental linguistics including first and second language acquisition
  • Discourse and Conversation Analysis
  • Historical English Linguistics, including the syntax, morphology, and phonology from the earliest periods to the present day
  • Language evolution, the study of the evolution of language was pioneered at Edinburgh
  • Morphology, including word formation
  • Phonetics and phonology, including diachronic phonology and the phonology of varieties of English and their history
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech technology
  • Syntax and semantics, including theoretical syntax, descriptive syntax of English, diachronic syntax and both lexical and formal semantics
  • Varieties of English, both British and international

Entry requirements and how to apply

Successful applicants will have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject. Ideally you will also have, or will be studying for, a postgraduate masters degree (or equivalent).

To be considered for this scholarship you must apply online for the PhD Linguistics and English Language programme by Monday 22 November 2021. There is no need to apply separately for the Scholarship. Your application will be automatically considered.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website:

PhD in Linguistics & English Language

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