The Integrated PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics enables you to gain a critical understanding of Applied Linguistics and apply this to a context of your choice.
We provide an 'academic apprenticeship model' where you’ll be fully supported from being a strong Master's level student to becoming a successful doctoral student and ultimately to a university academic.
This programme has a 1+3 structure. In year 1 (the ‘taught stage’) you’ll take a series of postgraduate modules to help prepare for the doctoral thesis (years 2, 3, 4, the ‘research stage’) and also for a career in higher education. These year 1 modules are focussed on important career skills such as:
- academic writing for publication
- teaching in higher education settings
- research methodology
Additionally, you’ll develop expertise in a broader field of research by taking modules from one of our three research pathways.
- Social Interaction
- Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)
- Cross-Cultural Communication
Each pathway contains modules led by leading experts in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
At the end of year 1, you’ll undertake a small-scale research project. This is made up of two parts:
- Empirical Study – designated supervisors will guide you through the process of writing a journal-style article, giving you the experience of writing for a publication. If the study is of publishable quality and scope, you will be encouraged to submit it.
- Reflective Log - this will give you the opportunity to reflect upon the successes and challenges of undertaking the empirical study, helping you to understand the process better.
If you are successful in year 1 (achieving a pass mark of 60% or above in your modules and research project), you will progress to the research stage of the programme (years 2-4). Guided by a supervisory team, you will undertake your doctoral thesis of approximately 80,000 words relating to one of the research pathways.
This pathway is focused on the analysis of spoken interaction in a variety of contexts. You’ll work with our team of experts to examine the multitude of resources used when interacting in institutional, educational and informal settings. Research Groups associated with this pathway are: Pro-Com, MARG, iLab: Learn.
This pathway is focused on second language teaching and learning. You’ll develop knowledge of teaching practices, learning theories, materials design, and testing for adults and young learners. Research groups associated with this pathway are: CfLaT, Pro-Com, iLab: Learn.
This pathway focuses on the interconnection between cultures and human behaviour. You will examine the ways culture impacts upon communication and how knowledge of culture can be applied to everyday experiences. Research Groups associated with this pathway are: Pro-Com, MARG.