PhD in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework

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.

We are approaching our 20th year of providing this innovative programme, and we continually review and update the content. We anticipate introducing some changes to the programme from October 2019. The changes will be announced on the website as soon as possible.

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.)