14 PhD Programs in Linguistics

The study of semantics, meaning, history, psychological and sociological implications and science of human language. PhD candidates studying Linguistics may specialize in theoretical Linguistics, dealing with cognitive, pragmatic, semiotic, phonological, grammatical, quantitative, lexical and orthographic aspects of the study. Descriptive Linguistics, focusing on Anthropological linguistics, Compa… Read more

The study of semantics, meaning, history, psychological and sociological implications and science of human language. PhD candidates studying Linguistics may specialize in theoretical Linguistics, dealing with cognitive, pragmatic, semiotic, phonological, grammatical, quantitative, lexical and orthographic aspects of the study. Descriptive Linguistics, focusing on Anthropological linguistics, Comparative linguistics, Historical linguistics and Sociolinguistics, is also a featured area of specialization. Further, PhD candidates' research might deal with applied and experimental linguistics, in the areas of Computational linguistics, Evolutionary linguistics, Forensic linguistics, Internet linguistics, Language acquisition and development, Neurolinguistics or Psycholinguistics.

PhD programs in Linguistics typically take three to five years to complete, allowing students opportunities to work during their PhD time by teaching or assisting professors, doing research, writing or performing other key tasks in the department. PhD candidates will be required to propose a topic for their research in a specific area of linguistics and will then write a full-length dissertation on the topic. PhD research may involve experimentation, primary and secondary text research, or other methodologies.

If you are interested in learning more about how you could apply for a PhD position in the field of Linguistics, simply scroll down and read more about featured opportunities listed below. You can request information to be sent to you direct from the institutions by filling out a quick and easy web form in just one minute.

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Mary Immaculate College
Limerick, Ireland

The core educational principle of the programme is that it will be research-led and will entail engaging with cutting-edge research across a range of sub-fields of Applied Lin ... +

The core educational principle of the programme is that it will be research-led and will entail engaging with cutting-edge research across a range of sub-fields of Applied Linguistics. This will mean promoting inquiry-based learning by posing real-world problems relating to language use and acquisition. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Masaryk University Faculty of Arts
Brno, Czech Republic

The Doctoral Studies program in English Linguistics develops students’ knowledge of linguistic disciplines and prepares them for independent research activity, especially in t ... +

The Doctoral Studies program in English Linguistics develops students’ knowledge of linguistic disciplines and prepares them for independent research activity, especially in the fields of functional syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, stylistics and translation studies. Students become conversant with methods of linguistic research, which they then apply in the preparation of their doctoral dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
17 Feb 2020
Campus
 
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, USA

The Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University is designed to prepare future professors, researchers and teacher trainers to work independently and in ... +

The Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University is designed to prepare future professors, researchers and teacher trainers to work independently and in leadership positions with the learning and teaching of second languages, the analysis of language, and the design of language-related research. -
PhD
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialized education and tr ... +

The postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialized education and training and research needs of language practitioners such as translators, interpreters, text editors, language planners, copywriters and language teachers. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Jan 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Prague, Czech Republic

Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary scientific field involving mathematics (including topics such as discrete mathematics, statistics, and probability), computer ... +

Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary scientific field involving mathematics (including topics such as discrete mathematics, statistics, and probability), computer science (e.g. algorithmization, machine learning, artificial intelligence) and classical linguistics (e.g. morphology, syntax, language typology). Computational linguistics investigates language from a formal point of view, and it aims at developing methods that could be used in software applications in the field of Natural Language Processing, in which languages in their spoken or written form are handled. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

Graduates from the Ph.D. program in Classical Philology are experts in classical languages/ancient literature, capable of developing their knowledge in a creative manner. Thei ... +

Graduates from the Ph.D. program in Classical Philology are experts in classical languages/ancient literature, capable of developing their knowledge in a creative manner. Their dissertation theses testify to the graduates’ excellent expertise in the specialization of their choice within classical philology, including a reliable grounding in literary or linguistic theories. Graduates are equipped with knowledge, methods and language skills essential for independent research careers, being able to present their research findings at conferences, in journals, monographs, and editions of ancient texts. Graduates can seek employment as researchers and university teachers, editors, and translators of specialist publications. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods a ... +

The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5, Czech Republic

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, it ... +

The Doctoral program Semiotics and Communications Philosophy provides the demanding training necessary for qualified philosophical and semiotic research into communication, its evolution, changes and relationships with other social spheres. The field of study is interdisciplinary. The intent is to study communication strategies, their social assumptions, and their effects. The field is conceived theoretically but the graduate may also have access to practical processes because it helps to better understand the role of semiosis in the process of mass media communication. Students are encouraged to build on the traditional lines of exploration of both world and Czech semiotics and communication philosophy to acquire the latest theoretical knowledge and to develop them creatively. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
French, English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain

The PhD Program in Language Studies is aimed at those people who, with a university degree and a profile in languages ​​and linguistics, want to face the challenge of writing ... +

The PhD Program in Language Studies is aimed at those people who, with a university degree and a profile in languages ​​and linguistics, want to face the challenge of writing a thesis. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Spanish
Campus
 
Jan Dlugosz University
Częstochowa, Poland

Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa participates in the STER program and opens recruitment for the Doctoral School for candidates from abroad wishing to write a doctoral dis ... +

Jan Dlugosz University in Czestochowa participates in the STER program and opens recruitment for the Doctoral School for candidates from abroad wishing to write a doctoral dissertation in the field of Humanities in the discipline of Linguistics. From the second semester, there is a possibility to be granted a STER scholarship funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) and European Social Fund for the best scholarly results and achievements. In this way participation in the STER program, to a big extent, will facilitate the foreign doctoral students to conduct their scientific research in the discipline of Linguistics at Jan Dlugosz University Doctoral School in Częstochowa. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English, Polish
Campus
 
“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia, Romania

The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university studies w ... +

The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university studies within the University "December 1, 1918" of Alba Iulia, with attributions in managing the activity of the doctoral students and in promoting the research activity specific to this cycle of academic training. . -
PhD
Full-time
Romanian, English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of English
Hong Kong

This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD in one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities.

This scheme gives students from around the world the opportunity to study for a PhD in one of Hong Kong’s highly ranked universities. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain

The program forms researchers in various fields within English studies, from literature and cultural studies to linguistics.

The program forms researchers in various fields within English studies, from literature and cultural studies to linguistics. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Spanish
Campus
 

PhD

“1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia, Romania

The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university studies w ... +

The Doctoral School represents an academic institutional structure, invested with responsibility in the administrative organization of conducting doctoral university studies within the University "December 1, 1918" of Alba Iulia, with attributions in managing the activity of the doctoral students and in promoting the research activity specific to this cycle of academic training. . -
PhD
Full-time
English, Romanian
Oct 2020
Campus