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