Postgraduate research

The Department of Linguistics and English Language is a vibrant research community and an international centre for the linguistic study of English, as well as other European and non-European languages.

We currently have around 20 members of staff and over 30 postgraduate research students.

Members of the department undertake internationally recognised research in their areas of expertise, and many of our past PhD students have had very successful careers including positions in prestigious universities.

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Manchester is the most linguistically diverse city in western Europe, ideal for carrying out research into variation and multilingualism and to undertake languages-themed local community outreach engagement and impact work.

View our programmes and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.



SALC’s Graduate School bringtogether postgraduate students and researchers in an online and physical community at the cutting edge of research; facilitating excellence in arts and languages research.  

We facilitate high-specification phonetics and psycholinguistics laboratories for research at the intersections of phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics, as well as collaboration between staff, postgraduates and undergraduates. 

PGRs have access to a Career Support Scheme, a dedicated office for PGRs with special needs and a DASS coordinator. The School also offers a wellbeing programme and a peer-support structure for PGRs.  

Finding a supervisor

We are able to offer supervision on a wide range of topics.

However, we do not normally supervise projects with a focus on second language teaching and learning.

See our Linguistics and English Language staff list

Current PhD students

Postgraduate researchers in Linguistics and English Language work on a wide range of topics. Find out what some of our current PhD students are working on.

Past PhD students

Explore the research topics undertaken by past PhD students in Linguistics and English Language.