Course Overview

The PhD in Language Science is open to graduates with clinical and non-clinical degrees. For applicants who are not qualified speech and language therapists, this degree does not provide a qualification in speech and language therapy. 

Programmes Available

PhD (full-time)
PhD (part-time)

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Past projects

  • Representation of verbs and their arguments structures in a bilingual lexicon.
  • Language acquisition in native speakers of Irish observed through narratives.
  • Noise exclusion ability in children with language disorder.

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

The Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy invites applications from suitably qualified candidates on topics related to the following research themes:

  • Psycholinguistics 
  • Language and cognition
  • Language structure
  • Bilingualism
  • Bilingualism and communication disorders

Researcher Profiles

For further information please contact Dr. Stasha Antonijevic-Elliot

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,890 (tuition €5,750 + student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€14,890 p.a. 2023/24

Extra Information

EU Part time: Year 1 €3,990 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

For further information please contact Dr. Stasha Antonijevic-Elliot

What Our Students Say


Sarah Berthaud |   PhD (Language Science)

The PhD programme is suited for anyone interested in psycholinguistics, language acquisition and impairments, bilingualism or linguistics in general. Not only are students given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in general areas but they can also acquire skills in specific areas such as research methodology.