Funded PhD Opportunity Theoretical Syntax, Semantics or Pragmatics

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Subject: Modern Languages and Linguistics


Projects in this area will focus on the investigation of language at the level of syntax, semantics, or pragmatics, and their interfaces. The proposed projects can adopt a synchronic or a diachronic perspective. Projects will focus on core theoretical questions to be answered with appropriate theoretical and/or experimental methodologies. Research projects may focus on the study of linguistic phenomena (and potentially their change through time or place).

We invite projects employing a range of methods. In particular projects may address a core theoretical or empirical debate in the area of syntax, semantics, or pragmatics and their interfaces.

Projects may also aim at developing an analysis of a particular phenomenon in a given language, dialect or group of languages.

Applicants are invited to contact potential supervisors to discuss the proposed focus of the study.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology
  • Research proposal of 2000 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%
  • For VCRS Awards, Masters at 75%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Experience of presentation of research findings


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
19 March 2019


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Jordanstown campus
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Contact Supervisor

Dr Jacopo Romoli

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