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Our programmes

We run two PhD programmes in the Department: the PhD in Applied Linguistics and the PhD in Applied Linguistics (Taught-Track & Thesis), both requiring 3-4 years on a full-time basis and 5-6 years part-time.

During the first year, students on both programmes are required to attend two campus-based Applied Linguistics modules and one research-related module, in addition to regular discussions on their specialist topic with their supervisor.

Students on the taught-track programme are also assessed on three further research-related modules.

View our current PhD projects

PhD in Applied Linguistics

Typical pathway

The PhD in Applied Linguistics programme is most suitable for applicants who have some experience of conducting research.

PhD in Applied Linguistics 

Taught-track and thesis pathway

This programme is recommended for applicants who have little or no previous experience of conducting research. At the end of the first year, these students will produce a 20,000-word dissertation which will form the basis of their final thesis.

Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.

Part-time study

Part-time PhDs are available in our Department as well as full-time, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances. 

PhD by distance

PhD by Distance students spend the first year of their studies on campus and the further years at another site and normally have a supervisor/mentor at their local site. There must be an academic rationale for this status to be granted and the University assesses each application on an individual basis.

PhD supervision

Consider a PhD that aligns with your interests and career ambitions – in our Department we accept original research proposals so you can choose your own topic of study. 
Our staff have a wide range of expertise in English language and linguistics. As you explore your options and consider your research topic, find out more about our staff and the areas of PhD research that they supervise in our staff profiles.