Applied Linguistics (by thesis and coursework) PhD - 2020 Entry

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

Full time 36 Month(s)

Course Overview

The PhD in Applied Linguistics (by Thesis and Coursework) is ideal if you have professional experience and/or who have previously studied in the field of Applied Linguistics, and you want a PhD that broadens as well as deepens your knowledge of relevant research and research methodologies. Many of our students are professionals who are balancing PhD studies with full-time careers, and this contributes to the rich and stimulating academic environment.

We have recently revised the programme and made it more flexible. You will begin with four assessed modules taken over 12-24 months. We offer modules specific to the programme but you can also choose from additional modules offered by the department’s Masters programmes, on-campus or distance, as well modules from the Faculty’s Research Training Programme. After successfully completing these four modules, you will move to a sole focus on your research and thesis.

We provide a virtual (online) introduction/welcome session and two intensive residentials at Lancaster University during which time you will complete a portion of the coursework, participate in a graduate student conference, and engage in a range of professional and academic development activities. These are valuable opportunities to meet your tutors face-to-face and interact with other students.

Entry to the programme is in January and you can study part or full time. Full-time students remain in Lancaster for the duration of their degree; part-time students typically live outside Lancaster and/or Great Britain. You will receive regular on-going support and advice from your supervisor throughout your degree.

Our next cohort will be starting in January 2020. 

If you are interested in applying for entry in 2021 or beyond, and would like more information please contact the department (Elaine Heron,




We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees for 2019 were:

Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £4,327 £2,164
Overseas £14,630 £7,310

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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