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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


PhD website for current students 2016-17

Webpage for current Linguistics PhD students


  • The PhD Coordinator is Dr Teresa Parodi. She is happy to be contacted by email (tp209) to arrange a meeting if you would like to discuss any issues.
  • The Faculty's Graduate Studies Office is in room 122 of the Raised Faculty Building (Mon-Thurs 9am-1pm)
  • The DTAL Graduate Secretary is Mrs Louise Radok, room 220 of the Raised Faculty Building
  • The Departmental Secretary is Mrs Gabrielle Uncles, room 220 of the Raised Faculty Building
  • You can contact your fellow PhD students by sending to the PhD mailing list - (This works only from an at cam address)

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Research Areas

All students belong to two of the department’s research areas. One of these will be your primary area of research and the other a related field. Each area organises two half-day events per year which provide the opportunity to hear invited speakers and to present your work. You will also be expected to get involved in organising the events for your major area.

Research Training

All students must attend a prescribed amount of research training each year. Your personal programme for each year should be discussed with your supervisor. The Faculty's research training programme provides many useful courses, some of which are compulsory. In addition, the department organises two research training sessions per term with topics of particular interest to linguistics PhD students. These are compulsory for all PhD students registered in the Department. All enquiries about these should be made to Dr Teresa Parodi.

There are a limited number of places available on the department's QMALD statistics training lectures. Students wishing to attend should register with Louise Radok.

See also the courses provided by ACTL (Advanced Core Training in Linguistics)

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Linguistics Lectures and Events within the University

There are many opportunities to hear linguistics talks across the University. You can find events and links on the Department's own News and Events page.

The department runs fortnightly research talks which you are expected to attend.

On alternate weeks there are talks run by the Cambridge Linguistics Society.

You should also look at the events organised by the Language Sciences strategic network and CRASSH

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Useful documents and resources

There are many useful documents about giving presentations, conducting fieldwork, using statistics, supervising undergraduates, etc. on the dedicated Camtools site.

MML Graduate Studies webpages Includes info on fees and funding, the Degree Committee, research training, annual interviews, preparing and submitting your thesis, etc LINK
Annual assessment interviews How to prepare and what to expect LINK
Submitting your thesis Information on procedures, deferring, plagiarism, etc LINK
Getting letters of recommendation How to get a letter of recommendation from Department staff members LINK
DTAL conference/experiments grants Notes on funding for conferences, experiments PDF
DTAL conference/experiments grants Funding application form PDF
DTAL conference/experiments grants FD1A Expenses claim form PDF
MML Graduate Resources Resources available in the RFB LINK
MML Computing Information and Support   LINK
The Graduate Union Student representation and support, shop, cafe, thesis binding, etc. LINK

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Obtaining Funding for your PhD

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