Research course

Applied Linguistics

Canterbury Christ Church University · English and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Application and award of places The minimal qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. The majority of students in TESOL also have professional experience, which adds to their maturity in research perception.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

An MPhil and PhD in Applied Linguistics are offered in the Department of English and Language Studies. These degrees are co-ordinated by Professor Adrian Holliday, who is also Head of the Graduate School, which provides cross-institutional support and facilities for research students within an interdisciplinary community. In the Applied Linguistics programme there is a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education; but there is also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics.

Department specialisms

Recently completed research topics include: Cultural identity and cultural values in the UK-published ELT coursebook. Cultural transfer in translation: a psycholinguistically-orientated, empirical investigation into the translation of culture-bound lexis. Discursive Struggle: linguistic imperialism and resistance on Chinese university campuses. Filial piety: a barrier or a resource? A qualitative case study of English classroom culture in Hong Kong a secondary school. Gender awareness, confidence and achievement in English language learning in China. 'Loud and clear': students' voices of disaffection on university practices in Mexico. Perceptions and attitudes held by Chinese language teachers toward western influence on English language teaching in China. Perspectives on change among English language teaching professionals. Producing and reproducing a professional culture of English language teacher training. Revolution or evolution in educational change in the English language teaching and learning context of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Teacher attitudes to the use of the 1st language in a Ugandan secondary school. The mobilisation of culture in professional discourse within the international ELT profession. The role of group interactions in 2nd language learning. The socio-cultural construction of learner independence in a tertiary EFL institution in Turkey. Tracing the changes of attitude and belief among student teachers in Mexico. Culture and the classroom: the effects of globalisation and socio-political changes on the development of cultural identity and on learning English in Kuwait The “native speaker” English language teacher in a globalising world Language use within bilingual families: stories from Istanbul. The leisure reading habits of first-year, female Emirati university students: an investigation

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students.

Fees and funding

Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School holds an annual scholarship competition. Details can be found here:

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
full time
24 months


distance learning
60 months
full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Graduate School/Professor Adrian Holliday