Postgraduate Studies English Language

Historical Thesaurus of the OED Scholarships

Up to four awards of full fees for one year for students beginning research in any of the subject areas covered by English Language.  Further information available.  There is no special application procedure for the scholarships; anyone accepted by the department will be considered automatically.


We provide a range of courses and individual supervision, offering expert knowledge on both historical and modern English Language and English Linguistics. Whether you’re interested in English Historical Linguistics or Onomastics, Sociolinguistics or Phonetics, Text Linguistics, or Intercultural Language Education, the English Language Department provides a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research.

Scottish Doctoral Training Centre

English Language is delighted to announce membership of a new ESRC funded Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). This is a collaborative centre for world-class postgraduate research and training in the Social Sciences.

The DTC includes 24 'pathways' to a PhD and English Language is a member of three pathways: Social and Applied Investigations in Linguistics, Language Sciences and Health and Wellbeing, shared with the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.

The Centre offers PhD Studentships of 3 years (PhD) or 4-years (Masters preparation + PhD). These highly competitive studentships will provide high level theoretical and practical training in all relevant areas. Requests for further information on these should be directed to the English Language Postgraduate Convener, Dr. Jennifer Smith

High profile research projects

There are a number of groundbreaking research projects recently completed or ongoing. Current projects include ‘The Historical Theasurus of English', ‘The Middle English Grammar Project’, ‘Is TV a contributory factor in accent change in adolescents?’, ‘The Scottish Corpus of Text and Speech (SCOTS)’, and ‘Stylistics, Text Analysis and Cognitive Science: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Nature of Reading' (STACS). Choose 'Research' from the left-hand menu for more information.

Online corpora

We have a number of large scale digital historical and modern corpora which are available for research projects. These include the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS), the Corpus of Middle English Dialects, and a 500,000 word fully digitized corpus of English from the North East of Scotland (Caregiver and Child in the Acquisition of Variation). These provide an invaluable resource for the study of English across the centuries.

Cross-disciplinary research

English Language and has close connections with Psychology, as well as with the Glasgow Centre for Medieal and Renaissance Studies, providing a unique opportunity for cross disciplinary research.

The STELLA project (Software for Teaching English and Scottish Language and Literature) provides help and computing advice on using and creating corpora and on any other aspect of computing in your research. Email or telephone (0141 330) 4980.