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, October, April
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 on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and accountable reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students.
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.
Current research centres around:
- bilingualism and multilingualism;
- child language development;
- second language acquisition;
- psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics;
- cross-cultural pragmatics;
- discourse and conversation analysis;
- intercultural communication;
- language teaching;
- and translation theory.
Current research centres around: bilingualism and multilingualism; child language development; second language acquisition; psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics; sociolinguistics; cross-cultural pragmatics; discourse and conversation analysis; intercultural communication; language teaching; and translation theory.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Fees and funding
Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us.
Find out more about other research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
- + 44 (0)20 7631 6499