Department of Language and Linguistics

Research degrees

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World-class supervision

We offer an outstanding teaching and research environment. You're taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research.

You’ll work at the heart of our well-connected graduate research community, with world-class supervision and training opportunities.

We're a leading UK university for language and linguistics research, with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). We have a strong research group culture. We want you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users and we also hold weekly seminars featuring eminent external speakers.

At Essex, you have access to our great facilities, including a state-of-the-art interpreting lab with equipment matching that of the UN.

Many of our graduates work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers or academic researchers, or a wide range of other careers including publishing, social work, administration and retail.

Explore our research degrees 
Why choose us?
  • We're the leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014).
  • Access to our great facilities, including a state-of-the-art interpreting lab with equipment matching that of the UN.
  • We offer five routes to a research degree and expert supervision across many topics.
"All the research skills I learnt throughout my course have enabled me to work in very different environments. I wouldn't be able to do my job now without that solid grounding."
Claire Jones ba, ma and phd language and linguistics