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Phonetics and Phonology Integrated PhD

Newcastle University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Newcastle University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    48 months

Course summary

The Phonetics and Phonology IPhD is designed for students who wish to develop an advanced theoretical and analytical grounding in Phonetics and Phonology. The focus is on its application in first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, speech science, and language patterning.

The Integrated PhD has a substantial taught and assessed component, as well as a supervised research element. The foundation is a common core of modules dealing with essential theoretical issues and research methods. You are also offered specialised modules which act as the basis for your thesis.

You will have an individual course of study based on your needs and sponsor's requirements.

The research phase of the programme offers supervision in:

phonetics and phonology in second language acquisition and bilingualism
phonetics and phonology in first language acquisition
sociophonetic perspectives on speech perception and production
phonological theory and phonological patterns in various languages
phonetic and phonological characteristics of languages and language description.

One of the strengths of the course is that it brings together the teaching and research expertise of staff belonging to three schools that make up the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CriLLS). These are:

School of Education, Communication, and Language Sciences (ECLS)
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (SELLL)
School of Modern Languages (SML)

This widens the pool of modules that are available and enables you to interact with staff and students from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our particular areas of strength are in:

first and second language acquisition
speech production and perception in multilingual contexts
sociophonetics
phonological theory

The cross-cutting theme within these areas that we are all interested in is the link between perception, production and learning.

Our perception research looks at the role of speakers and listeners in shaping linguistic systems and sound change.

Work on production and learning covers our interest in investigating meaningful sound patterning, including how it is acquired, stored, and produced within a social context. Our work also investigates categorical and graded aspects of speech and the role of language-specific factors in shaping these categories.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,540per year

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

University information

Newcastle University

  • University League Table

    23rd

  • Campus address

    Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 7RU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 29 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    148 72%

    11th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.13 83%

    10th

    2

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