Educational and Applied Linguistics Integrated (PhD)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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About Educational and Applied Linguistics Integrated at Newcastle University

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.

Research Pathways:

Social Interaction

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.

Cross-Cultural Communication

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.

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  • The awardPhDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study48 months
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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree with at least 60%, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills) 

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Language Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry:Not accepted         
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)   

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO London Centre.

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