LINGUIST List 29.4383

Thu Nov 08 2018

Support: Romance; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Syntax: PhD, University of Birmingham

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 06-Nov-2018
From: Alice Corr <>
Subject: Romance; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Syntax: PhD, University of Birmingham, UK
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Department: Modern Languages
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: University of Birmingham

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Syntax



Graduate study in Linguistics at the University of Birmingham (UK)’s Department of Modern Languages you to focus on work in one or more languages, and can be undertaken full-time, part-time or remotely. In addition to funding from external sources and the UK government’s doctoral loan scheme, the University offers a range of total and partial graduate scholarships.

Graduate study in Linguistics is available at the Department of Modern Languages in the following areas:
- Theoretical, descriptive, comparative and/or general linguistics, especially (morpho-)syntax;
- Linguistic diversity and variation;
- Hispanic and Romance languages and dialectology;
- Understudied/endangered languages;
- Historical and synchronic linguistics;
- Spanish; Portuguese; Galician; Catalan; Astur-Leonese; Mozarabic/Andalusi Romance; Mirandese; Navarro-Aragonese; French; Occitan; Italian; Romanian; Latin;
- The Romance family and its branches (Ibero-Romance, Gallo-Romance, Italo-Romance, Daco-Romance).

Department of Modern Languages:
The Department of Modern Languages celebrated excellent results in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). 75% of research at the University of Birmingham for Modern Languages and Linguistics was top 4* rated ‘world-leading’ or rated 3* ‘internationally excellent’.

In 2015/16, over 95% of Modern Languages postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of our language graduates train to become professional linguists such as translators and interpreters, others enter employment where their language skills may be advantageous but not central to their role, and some go on to teaching or lecturing positions. Recent graduate employers include: Berlitz Language Centre; TransPerfect Global Business Solutions; KPMG; University of Birmingham; University of Cambridge; and University of Oxford.

The postgraduate experience:
The College of Arts and Law Graduate School offers excellent support to its postgraduate students, from libraries and research spaces, to extra-curricular activities and funding opportunities. The College provides a range of careers support throughout your degree and beyond, including tailored employability workshops and the opportunity to learn additional languages, without any extra cost, as you do a PhD with us.

Our beautiful 250 acre green and leafy campus has its own train station that connects directly with central Birmingham. The city of Birmingham today is one of Europe's most exciting destinations, with excellent local, national and international transport connections including its international airport. Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.

Fees and funding:
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for the academic year 2018/19 (only) are £4,260 full-time; £2,130 part-time (UK/EU); £16,320 full-time (international).Tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, please visit International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Academic entry requirements:
Applicants for a PhD will need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent), in addition to a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.

Applications Deadline: 14-Jan-2019

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        Dr Alice Corr

Page Updated: 08-Nov-2018