Information for prospective students

Ph.D. degrees

The Language in Context Research Group welcomes and encourages applications from students wishing to carry out postgraduate research leading to a Ph.D. in any of the areas represented in the group.

If you think you are interested in undertaking a Ph.D. under the supervision of one of our staff members, the first thing you should do is contact a staff member (or staff members) in LEL who might be interested in supervising you. You will be expected to provide a short but detailed outline of your research plan or topic in order to be accepted for a Ph.D. If you liaise early with a prospective supervisor, this process will be much easier for everyone concerned.

Prospective Ph.D.s may also like to note that it is becoming more and more usual for Ph.D. students to enrol in a one year Masters course (see below) before starting a Ph.D. (and some UK funding sources require it).

Masters degrees: Taught M.Sc. programmes and M.Sc. by Research

Linguistics & English Language offer one year M.Sc. programmes in Applied Linguistics and M.Sc. in English Language. The M.Sc.-AL programme is well-established and highly-regarded internationally. It draws on the skills of staff in Linguistics & English Language as well as the skills of staff in the Institute for Applied Language Studies. The M.Sc. in English Language is a newer degree that is proving quite popular for its focus on the structure of English in synchronic and diachronic perspective.

It is also possible to undertake a one year MSc by Research working on a topic of particular interest to you. If you think you might be interested in an M.Sc. by Research, your first step should to establish contact with a staff member (or staff members) in LEL who might be interested in supervising you. You can then discuss the content of a proposal in greater detail with them.

Ultimately, you will need to complete the application forms for a Ph.D. or an M.Sc. that are available online from the College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office.

Funding for your studies

Some of the first questions prospective students have concern the funding opportunities to support them in their post-graduate studies. Information can be found about funding here.

Want to know more?

For more information, please consult our web pages on postgraduate programmes, where you will find answers to many Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also contact Dr Joseph Gafaranga.

Next talk

Joint Language in Context and Language Variation and Change Meeting

Lauren Hall-Lew, Ruth Friskney and James M. Scobbie

University of Edinburgh and Queen Margaret University

Political party affiliation and phonetic variation in the vowels of Scottish politicians

Wed 10 October 2012, 13.00, DSB 1.17

The abstract for this talk can be viewed (in pdf) here