A PhD in linguistics (modern languages) allows you to research a linguistic topic related to one or more modern languages.
You can research any modern language but the school has particular expertise in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian-Croatian, as well as expertise in Italian and Chinese.
The course is normally completed in three years full-time or six years part-time. You will follow a course of directed research under the supervision of your supervisors. This will lead to the completion of an 80,000-word thesis.
Modern languages at Nottingham is a leading centre for research in French and Francophone studies, German studies, Russian and Slavonic studies, and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
Our internationally-rated research spans eight interlinked, cross-disciplinary areas, with six collaborative research centres and groups and a peer-reviewed journal. Nottingham is also an important centre for the study of Contemporary China.
Our areas of expertise in linguistics include the following:
- Sociolinguistics (including language standardisation, historical sociolinguistics)
- History of linguistics (such as history of ideas about language, including the history of grammar-writing of particular languages)
- Pragmatics and interactional linguistics (including conversation analysis in workplace and institutional settings, politeness studies, intercultural communication studies)
- Discourse analysis
- Translation and interpreting studies
- Corpus linguistics (especially diachronic linguistics)
- Applied linguistics, especially foreign/second language education and its history
- Historical linguistics
Find out more about research in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.