PhD in Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework


If you are holding down a job while working for your PhD, time is limited. We have designed modules that will be relevant to your PhD, and you will also be able to integrate some of your coursework into your thesis.

In Years 1 and 2 you attend a series of four brief, intensive residentials in Lancaster for compulsory and 'option choice' modules in applied linguistics and research methods, resource consultation, supervision and other academic support. At the same time you begin work on your own research project, which leads to a thesis. You will be assigned a supervisor right from the start.

Over Years 1 and 2 (if part-time), you normally take three Applied Linguistics modules, selected from a list of modules which includes:

  • New Directions in Language Analysis
  • Language Testing
  • Pragmatics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Stylistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition

You also take three Research Methods modules, selected from the following list:

Full modules (20 credits each):

  • Quantitative data and analysis for applied linguistics (compulsory)
  • Qualitative methods for applied linguistics (compulsory)

Half modules (10 credits each):

  • Collecting, transcribing, and analysing spoken data
  • Interview methods and questionnaire design
  • A critical approach to social data for applied linguistics

Accreditation of some prior modules (usually maximum two) is sometimes possible.

With one exception, all modules are taught approximately 50% face-to-face, on residentials, and 50% by distance. The exception is New Directions in Language Analysis, which is taught entirely face-to-face, over two years.