PhD programme (doctoral education)

PhD programme in Language and Linguistics

– About the programme

This PhD-programme includes all areas of linguistics and is open to qualified applicants working with linguistic research questions. A wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches are used within the programme, and the programme aims to make the education as relevant as possible to the candidates’ fields of interest.

The programme consists of a coursework component where the candidates complete relevant courses (½ year) and a thesis component where the candidates work on their doctoral dissertation (2 ½ years). You may also follow the programme part-time. In the period 2012-2020 most courses are offered through the Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology (LingPhil). Candidates are also encouraged to spend part of their time abroad to gain new impulses and perspectives and build international networks.

As a general rule the candidate’s main supervisor should be employed at NTNU. Within language and linguistics we have academic staff in the following areas: applied linguistics, English linguistics, phonetics, French linguistics, Greek, Latin, linguistics, Nordic linguistics and German linguistics. Research staff also work in related fields and with topics that go beyond the specific field. We recommend that you look at the web pages of the Department of Language and Literature and the Department of Historical Studies. It is important for the programme that candidates are included in a research group consisting of more than just the main supervisor; this will be considered in the application process.

A doctorate in language and linguistics qualifies you for research at a high level. The PhD-programme at NTNU distinguishes itself through its wide range of disciplines, theories and methods, and its close-knit community of PhD-fellows.  

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Research from NTNU

Vi trenger å lære betydningen av billedspråk som «ha hodet i skyene», men autistiske barn kan tolke dette bokstavelig. Foto: Thinkstock

Language and perception in children with autism

Part of the EU-funded LanPercept programme looks at how individuals with high functioning autism understand and interpret idioms, like “barking up the wrong tree” or “biting off more than you can chew.”


Illustration LCIS

Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society

LCIS is one of the Faculty's four leading research groups. The goal of this project is to study linguistic complexity in three different areas: formal grammar, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.


Illustration of child and languages. Foto: gemini.no

Language is in our biology

A good working memory is perhaps the brain’s most important system when it comes to learning a new language. But it appears that working memory is first and foremost determined by our genes.