Research course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Applied Linguistics and Communication
Qualifications
New Route PhD

Entry requirements

A first degree and a taught Master's degree in a relevant subject. This programme is designed for candidates with recent and relevant experience of, and/or professional training in, classroom language teaching. However, candidates with limited classroom language teaching experience may apply if they have an excellent academic record in a field related to language teaching/TESOL and can demonstrate a strong interest in, and the ability to reflect critically on, key issues in language learning and teaching. You will be asked to complete a short admissions task.

Months of entry

October

Course content

This Integrated PhD will help you to achieve a critical conceptual understanding of evidence and theory relating to recent developments in the field. You will then be in a position to apply this understanding to your own professional context.

You will take taught modules as part of your qualifying requirement. The aim of these modules is to help you to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to engage with and evaluate research and theory. These modules will also enable you to prepare and carry out a research project.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication was established in 1965, making it the first department in England to focus on the study of applied linguistics. It has contributed greatly to the field over the years and remains the only department of applied linguistics in the University of London.
  • The department is an Institutional Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and an affiliated member of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).
  • It houses the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Taylor and Francis).
  • The department has developed a distinctive academic identity and helped to redefine the field as a social science. It is not a department of conventional descriptive or theoretical linguistics, and does not engage in research and teaching of syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics or linguistics of a particular language. Rather, it is concerned with real-life issues in which language and communication play a central role.

Department specialisms

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

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

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7600 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14200 pa

Our School attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer up to 15 fully funded postgraduate research opportunities for 2015-2016 entry.

Find out more about other research funding opportunities at Birkbeck.

Qualification and course duration

New Route PhD

full time
36 months
part time
56 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Email
linguistics@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
020 7631 6317