Doctorate in linguistic studies


Programme Description



The Programme Doctorate in Language Studies Is aimed at those people who, with a university degree and a profile in languages ​​and linguistics, want to face the challenge of writing a thesis. We gathered a group of specialists in Spanish language, Galician language and general linguistics to offer an attractive program and a stimulating contour for the realization of the research plan.

The investigations may be on some subject related to

  • The description of the languages
  • The applied linguistics in different aspects (lexicography and terminography, teaching and learning of languages ​​or linguistic technologies)
  • Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics
  • Historical linguistics and linguistic historiography

Why study the degree

Why do a doctorate? The doctorate is the university degree of highest rank. It indicates that the person who has it dominates the subject on which he has made the thesis and has done a research work that provides something new to our state of knowledge.

Why do a doctorate in linguistics? How do we communicate? What is the relationship between language and thought? What makes the tongues change? Why are there so many languages ​​in the world? If you have a language training, and you also ask questions like these, you certainly have a site in our doctoral program. You will be able to contribute with your work of investigation to advance in the complex answer to these questions and others similar.

What are the advantages of the doctoral program of Linguistic Studies? We are a human team with a formative capacity demonstrated by the theses we have already conducted and those that are now under our responsibility. You will undoubtedly find some topic of your interest among the diversity of lines of research that we offer. In addition, the universities of Vigo and A Coruña will provide you with material resources of great interest, in particular as regards access to information sources.

We also offer the possibility to make stays abroad benefiting from the collaboration that we have with groups of foreign universities in countries like Belgium, Brazil, France or Portugal.

What is learned

What do you need to know to start a thesis?

It is necessary to have a knowledge base on language and languages ​​equivalent to a master's level or an advanced study diploma (DEA). In case this knowledge can not be fully accredited, admission may be conditional on the completion of certain training supplements.

The project

Once the admission process is completed, the first semester will focus on the development of a thesis project. To do so, you will review what has been published about the topic that you have chosen (this is called "the state of the matter"), in order to establish your starting point. In addition, you will design a methodology and you will have an idea of ​​what will be your most important bibliographic sources, as well as the data sample ("the corpus"), if there is one. This project must be presented and defended before an evaluation committee.

Direction and tutoring

The thesis is a personal challenge and shows the ability of the person to interpret data and elaborate possible explanations for the phenomena studied. However, someone, who has already obtained his doctorate, will guide you in the task. In addition, another person (a professor or professor of the doctoral program) will advise you when making the right decisions to complete your training in line with the program's lines and the particular objectives of the research. These two people will join a third to complete a tutor committee that will be responsible, during the duration of the thesis, to periodically supervise the research tasks.

A stay abroad

A good way to boost research is to spend a season at a university or research centre abroad, in the midst of a research team that allows to complete or broaden the perspective on the topic of thesis and provide analysis techniques with the That we had not had the chance to work. The doctoral program of Language Studies has interesting collaborations abroad that you can benefit from.

How long will it take me?

Three years with full-time dedication, or five part-time.

Lines of investigation

These are the lines of research of this doctoral program:

  • Speech analysis
  • Language learning
  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Dialectology
  • Text edition
  • Phonology
  • Phraseology and paremiology
  • Historical grammar
  • Lexicographical historiography
  • Linguistic historiography
  • Literary language
  • Historical Lexicography
  • Lexicography / dictionaries
  • Lexicology
  • Historical Lexicology
  • Linguistics of corpus
  • Visu-gestural modalities of language and sign languages
  • Morphology
  • Neology
  • Onomastics and toponymy
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Syntax
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Technologies
  • Terminology
  • Daily discursive traditions

Specific Training Complements

In case the doctor does not have the complete previous training required in the program, his / her admission to the program may be conditioned to the surpassing of specific training complements, which may be subjects or modules of master and degree. The complements assigned to the same doctorate may not exceed 15 ECTS credits and may be made prior or simultaneous to the tuition in academic tuition in the program.

In case of simultaneous realization the students will have to register for these complements at the moment of formalizing the tuition of academic tutelage in the program, which must be surpassed in the maximum term of three consecutive quarters. Failure to do so will result in student disqualification from the program.

Training activities of the program

Each student or student will make their particular selection, with the help of their tutor committee, depending on their research plan. The calendar provides information on training activities but also includes other events of interest.

Introductory seminar

Once the admission process is completed in the doctoral program, there will be a short seminar (around 10 hours) in which the research lines of the program will be presented and organizational issues will be explained. It will serve as a first contact between new entry students and program researchers.

Advanced training seminars

They will last 20 hours and will cover research topics that are being developed from the different research groups that are linked to the program. As a general rule, each student will compulsorily attend a minimum of two such seminars during the first two years.

Groups of discussion

They are periodic meetings of doctoral students, supervised in each case by at least one teacher and with the assistance of other professors of the program, to exchange ideas and to discuss problems, from previous common readings or presentations realized by the same students or by some Guest researcher. As a general rule, each student will participate compulsorily in a minimum of two discussion groups during the first two years.

Cross-sectional training courses

They will cover techniques and research tools, such as access to documentation, statistics, programming, languages, etc. They will have a duration of 20 hours, except the language courses, which will be 30 hours. As a general rule, it is recommended that each student optionally attend a minimum of one such course during the first year.

Conducting research stays

It is recommended to stay with a research group that develops a line of work related to the topic of the thesis, or that allows to develop some technique necessary for its culmination. The place and duration of the stay will depend on each particular case and will be decided in agreement with the tutor committee.

Scientific contributions

The results of the research will be presented at any congress or scientific meeting. Alternatively, a research article may also be published in a specialized journal, or a book chapter, following the usual standards of quality in this type of publication.

Defense of the research plan

During the first semester, counting from the admission to the program, each student must prepare a research plan, which should contain the state of the matter, the methodology and the most important sources of information. This plan will have to be defended publicly before a commission.

Professional and academic outputs


  • It is the passport to make a research career, in a university or in a research centre.
  • It allows access to teaching and research positions in all universities in the world.
  • The work involved in doing a thesis shows a special intellectual and decision-making capacity, increasingly necessary in the business world

Admission Profile Recommended

The profile corresponds to those who wish to carry out their doctoral thesis in the field of linguistics or of Galician, Portuguese or Spanish language, as well as Spanish sign language (LSE), or even in the context of some other language. The program will be of interest both for national students and abroad. Since the organizing universities have a strategic position to offer studies on Spanish, Galician and Portuguese, Portuguese-speaking students can find in the doctoral program Linguistic Studies an excellent option to develop their research.

Last updated Mar 2020

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