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What will I learn?

Overview

Our research engages with English Language and Linguistics, focusing on written and spoken English language from medieval times to the present day.

Glasgow has a long-established, international reputation for the historical study of English, linking the best of philological, literary-critical and linguistic traditions with those of contemporary linguistic theory. We are a leading player in contemporary English language and linguistics, using quantitative analysis of large online corpora as well as qualitative research in a variety of genres to identify and interpret language use across a wide range of contemporary spoken and written data.

Glasgow’s historic strengths in the study of Scots and English in Scotland have been enhanced by the recent development of innovative large-scale collaborative projects. Our provision in the area of medieval English Language is closely associated with Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow, one of the largest concentrations of its kind in the UK. We have strong interdisciplinary research links with other subjects at Glasgow; recent collaborations include Psychology, Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Celtic and Gaelic, and Education, in addition to our traditional links with English and Scottish Literature. Glasgow is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for Digital Humanities, and many of our projects have a substantial digital element.

Thesis length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).

A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.

Research themes

  • English language and linguistics
  • Historical English language, literature and medieval studies – including manuscript studies, codicology, textual and editing, literary and gender criticism, historical linguistics
  • Contemporary English linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, semantics, text analysis, sociolinguistics and onomastics
  • Scottish language, including written literary Scots, speech in Scotland and translation studies

Which department am I in?

College of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£20,400.00 (US$ 22,105) per year
Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Additional fees applicable.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

University of Glasgow

The Fraser Building,

65 Hillhead Street,

Glasgow,

Glasgow, City Of,

G12 8QQ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification. IELTS (Academic): 7.0 with no sub-test under 7.0. ibTOEFL: 100 with minimum R 24, L 24, S 23, W 27.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Glasgow

Glasgow is a place where people have been making world changing discoveries for over 500 years and students become innovative global pioneers.

  • Based in Glasgow, a UNESCO city of music
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world
  • Fourth-oldest higher education provider in the UK
  • Over 600 different courses on offer

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