What will I learn?

Overview

The study of language is fundamental to the research environment across the School of Arts, English and Languages, where various linguistic approaches are taken to varieties of English, French, Spanish, Irish, Arabic and more.

You’ll be part of a dynamic doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from diverse backgrounds; we supervise students undertaking research in key sub-disciplines of linguistics, including: sociolinguistics, language acquisition, change and policy; language used in new media, narrative, literature, rhetoric and translation; and advancing knowledge of languages across the levels of phonetics and phonology, lexicology, morphology-syntax and pragmatics.

As part of a lively community of over 200 full-time and part-time research students you’ll have the opportunity to develop your research potential in a vibrant research community that prioritises the cross-fertilisation of ideas and innovation in the advancement of knowledge.

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course

For further information on career development opportunities at PhD level please contact the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Career Development Team on / +4428 . Development Officers Cathy Wilson and Aileen Carson will be happy to provide further information on your research area career prospects.

Professional Opportunities

Many of our PhD graduates have moved into academic and research roles in Higher Education while others go on to work as professional linguists or to play leading roles in educational practice, the public sector or within NGOs. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives such as Researcher Plus and the opportunity to certify in Project Management bolster our commitment to employability.

Which department am I in?

Arts, English and Languages

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,460.00 (US$ 24,023) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Queen's University Belfast

University Road,

Belfast,

Northern Ireland,

BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland

Entry requirements

For international students

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. While a Master's degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) is not essential, it is desirable and applicants without this qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis. English Language Requirements: Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. Taken within the last two years.

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

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About Queen's University Belfast

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