12 months
20750 GBP/year
10950 GBP/year
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The Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London is a pre-doctoral training programme that gives you a research-led and critical approach to the study of linguistics. You'll explore a broad range of areas including sociolinguistics, formal linguistics, experimental linguistics, developmental linguistics. We'll also teach you the key research skills you'll need for doctoral-level study.


What you'll study

You'll be taught by world-leading researchers, so you’ll be working in the first tier of academic research, gaining a sophisticated understanding of linguistic theories, methods and concepts. 

You'll study core modules in research design, social and epistemological theory, and qualitative and quantitative methods offered jointly by Queen Mary, King's College London (KCL) and Imperial College London as part of the ESRC-funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership.

You'll also complete a range of modules offered in conjunction with the Department's Linguistic MA.

This Linguistics programme at Queen Mary University of London is in an approved pathway for ESRC funding, so you can apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both your MRes and a PhD. If you gain your MRes, you can then apply for ESRC +3 PhD funding.

We encourage cross-disciplinary interaction and welcome students with diverse interests. Our academics publish influential papers and books, work in the media and inform government policy – they are also friendly and approachable.

We’ll also give you a broad experience of linguistic, sociolinguistic and experimental data, using London's rich cultural and linguistic environment as a resource.

Programme Structure


  • Sociolinguistic 
  • Ethnography of Communication – Foundations and Fieldwork
  • Multilingualism and Bilingualism 
  • Corpus Linguistics – Theory and Practice
  • Understudied Languages and Linguistic Theory
  • Experimental Linguistics
  • Directed Study in Linguistics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An upper second class in a taught postgraduate degree with a significant linguistics component, or a first class honours undergraduate linguistics degree.
  • A compelling PhD proposal that is an excellent fit for the research interests and expertise of our staff is also required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20750 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20750 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10950 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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