Research course

Applied Linguistics

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Applied Linguistics and Communication
Qualifications
MPhil/PhD

Entry requirements

  • A good Master's degree in a relevant subject.
  • Some relevant work experience is desirable, but not essential.
  • A good research proposal will also be required.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Applied linguistics aims to investigate real-world phenomena in which language plays a central role. At MPhil/PhD level, we aim for you to make the transition into a fully fledged, independent academic researcher, with the skills necessary to present your research orally as well as in writing, in addition to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Such independence is achieved through good scholarship, which includes original thought, the proper use of references, background material, methodology and accountable reporting procedures.

Once equipped with the generic and discipline-specific tools for carrying out research, you will pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisor and presentations and attendance at MPhil/PhD seminars.

An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

If you do not have a directly relevant Master's degree in applied linguistics or communication (eg you have an MA in a modern language, sociology, TESOL/education or a Master's degree from a country where English is not the first language), we offer integrated PhDs, which are the same as conventional PhDs but with enhanced structured learning (ie taught modules). They will provide you with the latest knowledge of linguistics and/or communication and cover a wider range of topics to assist you in choosing an appropriate topic for your dissertation. The required length of the dissertation is shorter than that of a conventional PhD.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our current research centres around: bilingualism and multilingualism; child language development; second language acquisition; psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics; corpus linguistics; sociolinguistics; cross-cultural pragmatics; discourse and conversation analysis; intercultural communication; language teaching; and translation theory.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    12-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700