PhD in Applied Linguistics

Offered jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Language and Linguistic Science

Programme Leader:  Dr Ursula Lanvers

In order to apply for a PhD place, we ask that you first submit an application form. We cannot accept a CV or any other documentation in place of a formal application. When you apply for a PhD place, you must submit a research proposal about 1,500 words in length.

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The PhD in Applied Linguistics is designed to enhance specialised linguistic knowledge through academic study and research.  

The programme is suitable for all those interested in exploring how linguistic knowledge can be applied to everyday real-life phenomena such as language learning, language policy or language processing.

The course emphasises state-of-the-art research methodology appropriate for conducting linguistic research projects, using a wide range of linguistic research methods.

We are interested in hearing from students doing projects that link linguistic research with real-life language use in the following broad areas:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Language learning
  • Discourse studies and discourse analysis
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Phonology
  • Lexis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language policy
  • Language for specific purposes (e.g. academic, professional)
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics 

Potential supervisors are listed below with links to their profiles:

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree or a master's degree (MA, MSc or MEd) in a relevant discipline (eg MA degree in Applied Linguistics, Psychology, English, English for Academic Purposes, Education, Modern Languages, Linguistics) although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, we do expect you to be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency.  The minimum requirement for PhD in Applied Linguistics is IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.  For further information please see English language requirements.

As part of the application process, you will be invited for interview (face-to-face or via Skype). 

You must submit a research proposal; we are unable to consider your application without one. 

Information on the application procedure can be found at the University postgraduate pages.

Apply now for the PhD in Applied Linguistics.