Phd In Applied Linguistics By Thesis And Coursework

PhD Linguistics by Research Only

PhD Research Areas

We welcome applications from anyone who wishes to pursue an interest within the broad fields of English language and linguistics, human communication, applied linguistics, and related areas of study. We are a large department with interests in a wide variety of topics, for further information about our research areas please see the research pages.

Discourse Studies

  • (critical) studies of gender and sexuality
  • national identities
  • media interaction
  • metaphor
  • language and politics
  • language and migration
  • academic discourse

Language and Literacy in their Social Contexts

  • sociolinguistics (language variation, language contact, multilingualism)
  • literacy in everyday life, including online

Linguistic Theory and Language Description

  • corpus-based and construction grammar, phonology

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • language testing and diagnosis
  • task-based language learning
  • second language acquisition
  • learner language
  • intercultural communication

Methods of Language Research

  • corpora
  • new technologies
  • databases
  • ethnography
  • experiments
  • sociolinguistic surveys

Lancaster University's unique PhD in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework programme responds to the needs of numerous graduates who need a PhD for their job, but who have not been able to take time out in order to follow a full-time PhD programme. This programme is designed so that you can study mainly from home, doing work framed by several highly structured academic visits to Lancaster.

The PhD in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework provides a broad background in Applied Linguistics. You start with a package of relevant, compulsory modules in Applied Linguistics and Research Methods modules and at the same time begin work on your own research project. You will be assigned a supervisor right from the start. Teaching is distributed across face-to-face teaching and learning on residentials in Lancaster, and distance study using a Virtual Learning Environment.

(Please note that 'Applied Linguistics' here includes but goes beyond issues of language education to encompass the theoretical and empirical study of language in real world problems more widely.)

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