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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    07-OCT-21

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

We offer a three-year supervised research route for students with a solid knowledge of existing research in the field and a good understanding of research methods.

We offer PhD supervision in descriptive and theoretical phonology, syntax, semantics, and morphology, with a particular emphasis on cross-linguistic variation and interfaces between different areas of grammar. Research in our department has covered a wide range of the world’s languages, including languages from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. We are especially interested in fieldwork-based and community-oriented work on understudied languages and linking empirical data to theoretical generalisations.

Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include a comparative study of the phonological processes in Syrian and Jordanian Arabic, the nature of English wh-interrogatives, verb alternation and affixes in Malay and Indonesian, and the syntax of conditional sentences in Syrian Arabic.Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers. Other career paths our former PhD students have taken include publishing, social work, administration, and retail.

Application deadline

17 September 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 16,230per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 33 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    132 63%

    15th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%

    7th

    16

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