Research course

Applied Linguistics

Canterbury Christ Church University · English and Language Studies

Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for MPhil and PhD applicants is:

  • A good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject
  • An excellent research proposal
  • All candidates must have successfully completed an English-medium course of study with a substantial research element

A British masters degree is often preferred as evidence of experience in research within the British system. The majority of students in TESOL also have professional experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

An MPhil and PhD in Applied Linguistics are offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. 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.

We have:

  • a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education and intercultural communication, and also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics
  • a small friendly community of about ten full-time and twelve part-time students
  • a strong pastoral ethos, where full-time students can see their supervisors regularly and part-time students can have regular email contact

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

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
72 months

Course contact details

Marisa Chiurco (Graduate School Administrator)