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PhD Linguistics: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
19989 GBP
National
7626 GBP
EU
7626 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

The Department of Theoretical and Applied linguistics is unique in the UK in that it integrates theoretical and applied linguistics in a single Department. The Department provides great variety and flexibility in course contents as well as subject-specific training and diversity of intellectual interactions. PhD topics in the range of research specialisms represented in the department and beyond the department in the Faculty of MML are accepted. Thus, students may choose to focus on a theoretically oriented study of the language sciences (e.g., interest in the syntactic organization or sound structure of different languages), but may also be interested in a more applied direction of Linguistics (language acquisition, language processing, data mining of language corpora), or may choose to look at Linguistics from a specific language point of view (Italian linguistics). 

In British universities the PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) is traditionally awarded solely on the basis of a dissertation, a substantial piece of writing which reports original research into a closely defined area of enquiry. Within linguistics, some PhD students may do most of their work in libraries, or spend part of their time collecting and analysing data, or carry out experiments or field work. The completion of the PhD dissertation is generally expected to take three years, and most funding is based on this assumption. In addition to providing special supervision, both the Department and the Faculty run a programme of professional training for the benefit of all research students.

Continuing
For those applying to continue from the MPhil to PhD, the minimum academic standard is a distinction on the MPhil.

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Eligibility Criteria

Expected Academic Standard

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Distinction).
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
  • Ordinarily students should hold a distinction or equivalent in a Master's degree, in addition to a  strong honours degree in a relevant field, with clear evidence of research potential.

IELTS: 7.5 ( 7 in each elemet.)

TOEFL: 110 (25 ine ach section.)

CAE

Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.

CPE

Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual

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Course Modules

The programme includes seminars and workshops on library resources, giving conference papers, publishing, applications and interviews, teaching skills, specialist linguistic training, and film-making. The School of the Arts and Humanities runs a central programme covering a range of topics from PhD skills training, to language training and writing and editing skills. If you wish, you are likely to be given the opportunity of gaining experience in small group teaching for colleges. There may also be opportunities to gain some experience in language teaching in the Faculty.

You might reasonably expect to see your supervisor fortnightly or at least three times a term.  Supervisors normally take care to provide written comments on written work, and to give constructive criticism; but students should not expect actual marks.  There is no need for written work to be provided for every meeting: general discussion and planning is vital, too. The length of a supervision can vary, depending on the stage you are at and on the nature of the written work, if any, to be discussed. As a rule, however, such meetings generally last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Generally, a student could expect no more than 11 hours of supervisions over the course of each academic year.

Feedback
Feedback on progress is provided through regular meetings with the Supervisor.  Termly Supervision reports are written and are made available to the student after they have been seen by the Head of Department, Degree Committee, College and Student Registry.

Annual progress interviews for all PhD students should normally take place between the start of the Easter term and the end of the academic year.  The annual interviews constitute a system for the formal monitoring by the Degree Committee of the progress of all students working towards a PhD.  

Graduate students are admitted in the first instance for a probationary period during which they are not registered as a candidate for the PhD degree.  The first-year interview is the context in which registration as a candidate for the PhD is formally considered.  Satisfactory progress is a condition for being registered as a doctoral student and for remaining on the register. 

Assessment
Thesis
There is a normal word limit for the thesis of 80,000 words (including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography). The thesis should represent a significant contribution to learning through the discovery of new knowledge or through the connection of previously unrelated facts, or the development of new theory, revision of older views or some combination of these. In writing the thesis you are expected to take account of previously published work on the subject and the thesis should be clearly and accurately written, paying due attention to English style and grammar. Candidates for the PhD in Cambridge are guided by a supervisor, though they will normally also discuss their work with a number of other experts in their field.

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How to Apply

Preparation
You should thoroughly research your prospective course, its requirements, deadlines and course costs before you think about completing and submitting the online application form.

Having fully researched the course you are interested in, make sure you now have the relevant information you need to apply:

  • Course name
  • Application and funding deadlines
  • The relevant required supporting documents (e.g. transcripts, CV, etc.) in pdf format to upload.
  • Email addresses for your academic referees. You should ensure you have theirconsent before you apply.
  • A choice of up to two colleges to consider your application.
  • Apply Online using the GRADSAF

When you have completed the necessary preparation, and you are ready to begin your online application, you should take note of the following important information.

  • There is an application charge of (GBP Sterling) £50 per application. You can make the payment by providing your credit card details to our secure server when you submit the online application.
  • Your application is not complete without the required supporting documentationwhich can be uploaded via your self service account after you submit the online application form.
  • You will need to submit a separate application, with separate supporting documents, for each course you wish you to apply for.

 

Upload Supporting Documentation
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Please check your course's entry to see what supporting documents you will be required to submit. These will also be listed on your self-service account once you have submitted your application. For more information on what the specific requirements of each document are, and how to submit them, please see the section on Supporting Documentation.

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