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What will I learn?

A PhD in Linguistics enables you to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research in the subject that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is worthy of publication.

Overview

A PhD, also known as a doctorate, is a requirement for a career as an academic or researcher. In addition, it has become a qualification valued by many employers who recognise the skills and commitment a PhD requires. Employers also recognise that a PhD indicates excellent research capabilities, discipline and communication skills.

Over the duration of the PhD, you produce an original piece of research of up to 100,000 words.

Careers

Postgraduate work in English Language and Linguistics prepares you for a range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include speech and language theory, audiology, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, company training, broadcasting, forensic and computational work, and the civil or diplomatic services.

Which department am I in?

School of English

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£16,800.00 (US$ 23,123) per year
For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.

This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

17 January 2022, 9 May 2022

Venue

Canterbury Campus

University of Kent,

Canterbury,

Kent,

CT2 7NZ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have a first or upper-second class BA honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, and a distinction or merit in an MA in Linguistics or a closely related field. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must have IELTS overall 7.0 with at least 6 for each component. TOEFL: 95 overall (with a minimum of 22 in R&S; 21 in W; 20 in L).

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

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About University of Kent

The University of Kent has been awarded the highest rating in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

  • GBP 197M investment in facilities and resources until 2020-21
  • 3 of Kent’s subject areas are ranked among world’s top 100
  • Winner of Outstanding Support for Students THE 2017 award
  • 96%+ graduates in 2016 were in employment within 6 months