Research course

Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies)

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of English, Communication, and Philosophy

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or equivalent is normally required, in a suitable field. Successful applicants to the programme will typically have demonstrated a strong performance at Master’s level, will have completed a course on research methods, and will have some experience of conducting empirical research (possibly as part of the Master’s Degree). A strong research project proposal in a relevant field will also be required.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme Aims

This programme aims to develop expertise in researching applied linguistics from a lexical perspective.

Special Features

The programme is tightly structured around monthly and yearly tasks which enable students to maintain the momentum of their studies, and to actively participate in the activities of the research community. The structure incorporates three strands of work: an empirical strand, a critical skills strand, and a presentational strand. The empirical strand allows students to build their thesis incrementally, by completing experimental studies each year, and through the other strands of the programme they build critical reading skills, and develop their expertise in research design and dissemination.

An annual conference, held in the UK, provides an opportunity for face-to-face contact between students, supervisors and established researchers. The part-time programme typically takes 6 years to complete, and most graduates from the programme continue to work as active researchers in academic roles.

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Information for international students

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS of 7.0 or more is essential.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
72 months

Course contact details

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