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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Computational and Corpus Linguistics

PhD Part-time 8 years, Part-time Distance Learning 8 years, Full-time 4 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Fees View
  • Start Date(s) Variable start date
  • Award PhD
  • Study Mode Part-time, Part-time Distance Learning, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Part-time Distance Learning (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Why choose this course?

Postgraduate research in Humanities Linguistics

Whilst studying for a Research Degree in Humanities Linguistics, you will become part of the thriving Research Group in Computational Linguistics (RGCL). Founded in 1998, by Professor Ruslan Mitkov, RGCL is a growing and world-leading inter-disciplinary research group which specialises in various areas of Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Processing which include but are not limited to anaphora resolution, automatic summarisation, machine translation, translation memory systems and translation technology in general, term extraction, author profiling, corpus development and exploitation, computational lexicography, computational phraseology, information extraction, named entity recognition, question answering, generation of multiple choice questions, NLP for language disabilities, and multilingual applications.

PhD ideas from any of these areas will be considered, but applicants are also welcome to discuss their own topics and ideas with supervisors.

As a PhD student with RGCL, you will be supervised by leading academics in the field, all of whom have a 100% success rate for their past PhD supervisees. You will have fortnightly meetings with your Director of Studies in order to discuss your research and work closely with them from inception to completion. We have a dedicated PhD office, and departmental library, which you will have access to. As part of RGCL, there will be many opportunities for you to collaborate with both members of this research group, and other international research groups with whom we currently have many collaborations. At RGCL, we hold a regular seminar series which showcase talks from invited academics from around the world. In the first few months of 2018 alone, we hosted seminars with scholars from Brazil, Italy, Chile, China, Spain and Ireland. You could expect to attend international conferences and publish research papers during your studies. You will also benefit from being part of the wider Research Institute for Information and Language Processing, giving you access to cybermetrics expertise.

What happens on the course?

The PhD programme in the School has the following three milestones:

  • Registration
  • Progression
  • Examination

Registration

Applicants who satisfy the entry requirements are encouraged to complete the online 'Expression of Interest' form. If the initial application is satisfactory, a conditional offer will be issued and a potential supervisor will be allocated who will provide guidance on the research proposal development.

An interview will take place when the final draft of the research proposal is submitted for approval. The granting of the interview does not imply that the applicant will necessarily be admitted to a research degree programme.
Subject to the satisfactory interview and that the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) is satisfied that: a) the research proposal is sound and has the potential to deliver a postgraduate research award; and b) the proposal is appropriately resourced, the applicant will be admitted to the research degree programme.

Progression

All students who wish to study for a PhD are required to complete a progression within 18 months (for full-time students) or 36 months (for part-time students).
The student at the progression needs to produce a paper which summarises his/her achievements on the research programme and outlines future research plans (including research methods), and conduct an oral presentation of the paper at a workshop set up for the progression purpose.

An independent assessor, nominated by the FRC, reviews the paper produced, together with supervisors’ assessment, the student’s presentation and other evidence. On this basis, the assessor will provide evaluative comments and recommendations to the FRC. Upon considering all aspects, the FRC may recommend that the student a) proceed as proposed; b) proceed subject to changes or amendments being made, addressing the concerns raised; c) be placed 'at risk'; or d) change the research degree originally sought.

Examination
Towards the end of the research programme, the student will be examined on the basis of a thesis and an oral examination (viva voce). Normally two qualified examiners are appointed, at least one of whom is external to the institution. If the student is a member of staff at the University, then a second external examiner will be appointed.
Following the oral examination, the examiners will make recommendations to the University’s Research Award Sub-Committee (RASC) whether the research degree sought can be awarded.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £4407 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Distance Learning £2204 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2204 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13645 per year 2020-21
International Part-time Distance Learning £4300 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6823 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Financial support for research study:

Before applying, you should consider carefully how you will finance your studies for the duration of your programme, including tuition fees, research support fees and living costs.


Self-funded:

We are able to take payments in instalments, to spread out the cost of your studies, and it is possible to switch between full-time and part-time modes of study. For more information go to How to pay.

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Government loans (UK or EU national):

Government loans are available for postgraduate research students of up to £25,000, to cover fees and living expenses. More information can be found at Doctoral-loans website.


Postgraduate Research Loyalty Discount:

To students progressing from an undergraduate programme and/or a taught postgraduate programme to a postgraduate research programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree and/or Masters level qualification, as long as the new award is at a higher level.

For full terms and conditions please see: Loyalty Discount for Postgraduate Research Students


Research councils:

The UK Research and Innovation funds postgraduate study in all subject areas on a discretionary basis.


University Research Studentships:

The University offers a very limited number of research stipends, formerly known as bursaries, to research students. Stipends are designed to support specific projects as determined by the Research Institute rather than individual student-led projects. Funds are accessible from the relevant Research Institute or Centre - please contact them directly.


Other sources:

Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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