Research course

Applied Linguistics by Thesis and Coursework

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

MA in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or a related field (excluding TESOL) and a viable research proposal.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The PhD in Applied Linguistics (by Thesis and Coursework) is the ideal programme for those with professional experience and/or who have previously studied in the field of Applied Linguistics, and want a PhD that broadens as well as deepens their knowledge of relevant research and research methodologies. The programme’s flexible design allows students to choose modules offered by any of the department’s MA programmes, on-campus or distance, as well as modules specific to the Thesis and Coursework programme. Many students in this programme are professionals balancing PhD studies with full-time careers, and this contributes to the rich and stimulating academic environment.

Students attend four intensive residentials at Lancaster University during which time they complete a portion of their coursework, participate in a graduate student conference, and engage in a range of professional and academic development activities. Fulltime students remain in Lancaster for the duration of their degree; part-time students typically live outside Lancaster and/or Great Britain. All students receive regular on-going support and advice from their supervisor throughout their degree.

Department specialisms

Bilingualism, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, discourse studies, first language acquisition, forensic linguistics, language education (see website for description of specialisations), language testing and assessment, linguistic theory and language description, literacies studies, multimodality, phonology and sociophonetics, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and stylistics.

Information for international students

.IELTS: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in listening and speaking and at least 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


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

Course contact details

Admissions Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593028