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I really enjoyed my time at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in Cambridge because of the intellectual stimulation I got from lectures, seminars, and discussions with brilliant people, both students and staff, with whom I shared the same passion for language. One of my favourite aspects of the PhD experience was the opportunity to supervise undergraduate students: not only was it extremely enjoyable to teach and interact with these bright students, but it was also an opportunity to think more deeply about my own research while  trying to answer their challenging questions.
Eleni Savva (April 2020)

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a PhD student at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Studying in Cambridge means being surrounded by some of the most brilliant researchers in the field and continuously exposed to forward-looking people and ideas. I found this really inspiring and critical to my own academic and professional growth. Throughout my PhD, I particularly enjoyed supervising undergraduate students. For prospective researchers and educators, this is a unique opportunity to build solid teaching and mentoring skills from a very early stage of their career

Luca Sbordone (April 2020)

I look back very fondly at my time as a PhD student at TAL. The academic staff that I got to know there were friendly, supportive and highly knowledgeable, and I had an excellent supervisor, who not only was very generous with her time in advising me on my thesis, but also helped transform my ability to think critically and to construct complex arguments. In doing so, she helped me develop skills which I feel are not only indispensable for academic research, but also valuable in life. I highly recommend the PhD course at TAL.

Michael Keane (April 2020)

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3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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