Linguistics (Modern Languages) at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

What if your passion for linguistics could help improve the way we understand international history, culture and politics? Having completed a masters degree and agreed your topic with a supervisor, you will continue your research exploring themes from our wide field of specialisms:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of linguistics
  • Pragmatics and interactional linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Translation and interpreting studies
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
You may research any modern language but the school has particular expertise in; French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, as well as expertise in Italian and Chinese. Attending research seminars and special lectures will be an important part of your doctoral journey. You will also have the opportunity to deliver papers of your own. The culmination of your work will be a thesis that makes a significant contribution to research in linguistics. The University of Nottingham is one of eight universities making up the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C). The partnership provides funding and training to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.


Before you start your research degree you will have completed a research-preparation masters degree in a related discipline and have agreed your research topic with a main supervisor and co-supervisor. You will work with this team closely for the duration of your study and are welcome to consult any other member of the department whose research seems of relevance to your own work. You are required to attend all departmental research seminars and special lectures and deliver at least one paper of your own each year, usually at the annual Postgraduate Forum or at a work-in-progress seminar. At the end of three years’ full-time registration, plus one year optional writing-up, you will have written a thesis of between 80,000-100,000 words on a topic which makes a significant contribution to research in linguistics.

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities, or social science subject. For PhD-level study, applicants should hold, or be working towards, a Master's degree in a relevant subject. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

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