University of Sussex

University of Sussex


We offer research supervision in a wide range of sub disciplines of English language and linguistics. There is active research in descriptive grammar and theoretical syntax, discourse analysis, first- and second-language acquisition, lexicology and lexicography, phonetics and phonology, semantics and pragmatics, language variation and change, and sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, writing and orthography. Our doctoral students work on a variety of areas of research, using approaches including corpus linguistics, ethnographic methods, field linguistics, and film and literary analysis. We offer supervision in the description and analysis of any language or any variety of English. Recently we have supervised work on Kuwaiti Arabic, Azeri, Tunisian Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Kenyang, Korean, Setswana, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in English language or linguistics or a related area.

Course modules

Recent thesis titles include: May and can in French-English interlanguage; multiple verb constructions in Korean; null subjects in Kenyang; the argumentative function of metaphor. Examples of current areas of PhD research: a cognitive stylistic approach to cinematic characterisation, a descriptive grammar of the Hadari Kuwaiti dialect of Arabic; verbs of motion in Tunisian Arabic.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MPhil Part-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,052 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

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