Research course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Birkbeck, University of London · Applied Linguistics and Communication
Integrated 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.

Months of entry


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.

As part of the qualifying requirement, you will complete 180 credits of postgraduate taught modules with the Department of Applied Linguistics Communication. At the doctoral phase, a dissertation of 45,000-55,000 words will be required. At the end of the taught component, you will be considered for entry to the research component of the programme, if you have satisfactorily passed your modules and demonstrated evidence of independent research skills and sufficient specialist knowledge in an area commensurate with the research interests of staff in the Department. At the end of the taught year(s), you will be asked to attend an interview where your candidacy for the PhD will be assessed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    56 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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