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Research Training

We offer an extensive range of research and professional training for our PhD and MA students, including:

  • the Advanced Core Training in Linguistics. Together with Linguistics Departments at UCL, Cambridge, Oxford, Kent and SOAS, we offer a graduate school in theoretical linguistics. All PhD students are encouraged to do the ACTL training in their first year.
  • the London Social Science Core Research Training. Through our ESRC funded Doctoral Training Centre, joint with Goldsmiths, we offer Core Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods training. All PhD students are encouraged to do this training in their first year. ESRC funded students are required to do this training.
  • Readings groups in Sociolinguistics and Syntax/Semantics. Current PhD students convene these fortnightly reading groups, where students and staff meet to discuss journal publications. All students are welcome to attend both groups.
  • Postgraduate Afternoon Mini-Conferences. Three times a year, we run a half-day conference in which current PhD students present their work.
  • An Invited Seminar series. Jointly organised by staff and students, this seminar series brings world leading researchers in Linguistics to the department to give talks and meet with students. 
  • a linglunch talk series. Throughout the year, this informal talk series allows staff and students at qmul, as well as visiting colleagues from around the world, the change to present work in progress.
  • a series of in house training events and workshops. Jointly organised and run by students and staff, we offer workshops on topics including using software tools (LaTeX, R, PsychoPy), research methods (corpus linguistics, ELAN), academic skills (abstract writing, demistifying the journal submission process) and advanced research topics (e.g. a day long workshop on the structure of DPs). See here for the current schedule.

The College's Learning Institute also runs training events for PhD students. 

Some sessions at the beginning of the programme may be mandatory for new students. For subsequent sessions, you should consult your supervisor for guidance on which training events are appropriate for you.

Some preliminary information can be found online at the links below and further details about the programme will be circulated once available.

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film will also offer a programme consisting of a short series of 1-hour sessions on research training skills. These are compulsory for students on all MA programmes in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film and PhD students are also encouraged to attend. These sessions will take place during the first semester and will include time management, IT and the choice of essay and dissertation topics. Details will be announced via email.

A full schedule for the rest of the semester is available at:

All PhD students are required to undertake a certain amount of research training. This requirement is assessed by means of a points system, students can access the system to log their points here.


In addition to the above training opportunities, PhD students may decide to attend one or more of the modules on an MA programme in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. Descriptions of all Linguistics MA modules offered are here. Other MAs offered in the School are:

  • MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations
  • MA in Comparative Literature
  • MA in Documentary Practice
  • MA in Film Studies

Timetables and more information are available here.

Note that:

  • PhD students may be permitted to audit MA modules (i.e. attend for listening and discussion purposes only), but cannot be assessed for the purpose of obtaining credit.
  • You are strongly advised, in the first instance, to consult your supervisor about whether attending such courses would be appropriate for you, and to also consult the relevant module convenor to seek permission to attend.
  • Permission to attend MA classes is not guaranteed and must be at the discretion of the module convenor.
  • It is not possible to offer places on modules in other departments or colleges to PhD students. You would need to make your own independent enquiry about this with the dept./college concerned, although they would be under no obligation to accommodate you.
  • Please be advised that module availability and timetable details are subject to change. Where permanent changes are made to the timetabled schedule, an updated timetable will be posted online at the link above. However, further changes may also be necessary during the year.
  • If you attend any MA module, please notify Sharon Bernor


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