PhD, MPhil Applied Linguistics

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Research opportunities

You can study an MPhil over one year or a PhD over three years, with the option of studying on a part-time basis.

The Speech & Language Therapy Team in the School of Psychological Sciences & Health host a well-established Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Communication Disorders. This multidisciplinary centre focuses on a wide range of aspects related to the study of speech, language and voice characteristics of typical as well as impaired populations across their lifespan, in order to further our understanding of these issues and impact positively on people’s lives.

We offer supervision in a wide range of communication related areas, including issues such as:

  • speech sound disorders
  • voice
  • dementia
  • autism
  • stroke
  • motor speech disorders

In addition, we have expertise in investigating speech patterns in healthy populations, including first and second language learners, and offer supervision in more linguistically aligned areas of study, such as language acquisition, socio-linguistics and phonetics.

As postgraduate research student in Applied Linguistics you will have access to a significant pool of technical resources, including labs for speech & movement analyses, signal processing; systems for eye tracking, or EEG. The supervisory pool spans all four University faculties, which provides you with access to the highest level of academic expertise to support your studies.

speech therapy

The Applied Linguistics programme is intended for students from a linguistics background or those who have an interest in communication disorders but who have not completed a qualifying degree in speech and language therapy (SLT). If you have an SLT qualification you can register for the Speech and Language Therapy pathway if this is preferable.

Prospective Applied Linguistics students should develop proposals to match areas of research expertise held by members of staff* and are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance of their application.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
  • £16,050
Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.


Postgraduate research opportunities

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Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

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Expertise from within the SLT team covers the areas outlined below.

Additional co-supervisors can be sourced from other areas within the University, such as education, psychology or computing, to provide you with the best expertise available to supervise your research. 

NameAreas of expertise
Joanne Cleland
  • speech sound disorders in children including cleft lip and palate 
  • persistent speech sound disorders
  • motor speech disorders in children
  • instrumental phonetic techniques for the assessment and treatment of speech disorders, particularly ultrasound
Wendy Cohen
  • speech disorders in children and adolescents 
  • voice disorders in children and adolescents 
  • communication disability in those with an associated genetic condition 
  • clinical Education and Professional Development
Maria Dokovova
  • speech processing
  • phonetics and phonology in multilingual adults
  • articulatory assessment of children with speech sound disorders and cleft lip and palate
Anja Kuschmann 
  • motor speech disorders in adults and children, in particular, due to cerebral palsy
  • typical speech production across the lifespan
  • speech development in multilingual children
  • use of acoustic and perceptual analyses of speech for the assessment of speech disorders
Eleanor Lawson
  • articulatory phonetics
  • articulatory sociolinguistics
  • vocal tract visualisation
  • speech accommodation
Anja Lowit 
  • motor speech disorders 
  • prosody 
  • voice 
  • bilingualism 
  • telehealth
Claire Timmins
  • articulatory Speech Analysis (Electropalatography & Ultrasound) 
  • speech production in Down's syndrome 
  • accent variation and change
  • application of technology and social media for teaching, learning and assessment
  • innovative techniques for the learning and teaching of phonetics skills;
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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


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