4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subdisciplines of English language and linguistics. We welcome projects on any variety of English and are able to supervise the description and analysis of a wide range of languages.
We particularly welcome applications in the areas of:
- descriptive grammar (including typological approaches) and/or theoretical syntax
- discourse analysis (especially political and media discourse, discourse of identity, corpus linguistic approaches)
- language variation and change
- morphology, phonology, orthography
- pragmatics (especially intercultural pragmatics and im/politeness)
- semantics, lexicology, (meta)lexicography
Full-time and part-time study
You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.
- Faculty profiles
Dr Lynne Cahill
Lecturer In English Language And Linguistics
Research interests: Phonology
Dr Melanie Green
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
Research interests: African languages, Creole English, Grammar, Linguistics, Pidgin English, Syntax
Dr Lynne Murphy
Reader in Linguistics
Research interests: American English, British English, Communication, Dictionaries, English, Inter-cultural Communication, Intercultural communication, Language, Lexicon, Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Politeness, Vocabulary
Dr Roberta Piazza
Reader in English Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Discourse
Dr Justyna Robinson
Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language, Linguistic Theory
Dr Charlotte Taylor
Lecturer In English Language And Linguistics
Research interests: Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Discourse, impoliteness, Linguistics, Migration, Press reporting, Research design and methodology, sarcasm, Semantics And Pragmatics
Dr Simon Williams
Tutorial Fellow in English Language Teaching
A Masters degree in English language or linguistics or a related area.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Collaborative Doctoral Project Studentship- Sussex University and the British Library: American Political Pamphlets 1920-1945 (2017)
The University of Sussex and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme
1 June 2017
Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)
Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.
29 March 2017
Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)
Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.
19 May 2017
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.