As a postgraduate research student in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at Reading, you will be part of a large and vibrant community. You will work alongside a thriving group of researchers who are making a substantial contribution to the field. For information on PhD Studentships in Linguistics: SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, please click here
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT
The University of Reading has been known for decades as a centre of excellence in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. Our postgraduate programmes have more than 1500 graduates in over 40 countries, many of whom have gone on to become well-known teachers and scholars whose work has come to define the field of English Language Studies.
English Language at Reading runs two lively PhD programmes in the fields of Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and can offer training and supervision to doctoral students in several key specialisms in these fields.
The latest Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014) recognised 80% of our research as World Leading or Internationally Excellent. Find out more on our research pages. Research activity within the Department is broad and extensive and brings a breadth of applied linguistic expertise to explore the use and learning of English as a first and second language, and into how the multilingual mind works in context. We focus on 4 main themes, using a wide range of cutting-edge methodologies:
- Analysis of language (grammar, phonetics and phonology)
- First and second language acquisition and language pedagogy
- Sociolinguistics and discourse analysis
- Literacy and multilingualism
We also contribute via strong links to other areas of linguistic research within and beyond the university through the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism , including the Institute of Education , Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, International Study & Language Institute, Modern Languages & European Studies.
WHAT WE OFFER
We offer flexible modes of study designed to fit with your needs. Our PhD is available for study on a full-time basis over 3-4 years and part-time over 5-6 years. Both full-time and part-time variants are available for study in Reading or working away after the first year of study on campus
Over the course of your PhD you will also be involved in opportunities to communicate your work and network with other researchers, present a seminar, speak at conferences and workshops, and visit or host researchers from elsewhere. Every year, all Applied Linguistics PhD students present at the annual Language Studies PhD Conference, an event that is organised by the department and which is open to the Institute of Education, Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, International Study & Language Institute, Modern Languages & European Studies
In the first year of your degree course, you will benefit from a programme of relevant postgraduate courses which will be agreed between you and your supervisor/s as well as a programme of transferable skills organised by the Graduate School.
All postgraduate research students automatically become members of the University-wide Graduate School. The Graduate School provides training, professional development, study space, advice and administrative support in a dedicated building for the postgraduate research community at Reading.
Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, lecturers and language teachers, but also sometimes find employment in industries such as Publishing, Public Relations and Journalism, as well as Government Agencies.
PhD programmes: detailed offer information
"Doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Reading University was an extremely enriching and rewarding intellectual experience thanks to the academic community of the Department which offers remarkable support and inspiration. I benefited immensely from my supervisor's consummate expertise and the seminars and conferences included in the PhD programme. Although engaging in research is to a great extent a solitary pursuit, real scholarship thrives only in the context of a truly academic community of the standard I have found in Reading."
Recently graduated PhD student
The department offers a range of groups and activities for staff and research students to meet and share research work in their particular field:
- regular seminar series- Applied Linguistics Circle
- our own nationally-cited publication - Language Studies Working Papers
- annual PhD conference - Language Studies PhD Conference
- research discussion groups - see below
All are open across the university and to affiliate members beyond the university
For other events, see also:
Hear what some of our current postgraduate researchers have to say about...
The areas they are researching
Why they chose to study at Reading
What life on campus is like
'Doing a PhD at Reading, you always have staff and other PhDs to ask questions, learn from and importantly have a bit of a laugh with now and again. I really have felt that no question is a stupid question. My supervisors have been absolutely great throughout my PhD, with regular meetings, useful advice, lots of encouragement, and help with keeping calm when life gets stressful!'
Mature PhD student with children
Things to do now
- Apply now
- View our staff list and find out more about their research interests
- Find out more about the department's research
- See the School of Literature and Languages website
Miss Melina Aston
Postgraduate Research Admissions Secretary
- +44 (0) 118 378 5798