PhD in Bilingualism

Bangor’s PhD in Bilingualism programme provides the opportunity, support and skills development for students to undertake doctoral level independent research into issues and aspects relating to language, education, and cognition in the fields of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Our academic staff provides expertise and PhD dissertation supervision in wide range of disciplines within the fields of bilingualism and multilingualism. This includes (but is not limited to) projects using qualitative, quantitative, experimental or ethnographic methodologies within following areas:

  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphosyntax
  • semantics and pragmatics
  • sociolinguistics
  • psycholinguistics
  • child language acquisition
  • 1st and 2nd language acquisition
  • language development
  • language disorders
  • corpus linguistics
  • language and communication
  • language variation, use and change
  • contested languages
  • temporal language and the nature of figurative language
  • language technologies / natural language processing (NLP)
  • Welsh linguistics

Students on our Bilingualism PhD programme have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities which include: 

  • A professional grade sound / recording studio and speech laboratory (with Yamaha,  Alesis and RØDE recording equipment)
  • An eye tracking laboratory (with a Tobii Pro X2-60 eye tracker)
  • An event-related potential (ERP) laboratory (with an actiCHamp Plus ERP machine)
  • And dedicated corpus-linguistics software and resources.

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Entry Requirements

It is possible to join the PhD programme after successfully completing a Masters in Linguistics or related subject at Bangor or elsewhere. Applicants who do not speak English as their native language must pass the IELTS English test with a score of 6.0 in all four components. Students who have an overall score of 5.5 on the IELTS can take a summer pre-sessional course in the University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS).


This programme is self-funded

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