Research course

Applied Linguistics (by thesis and coursework)

Lancaster University · Linguistics and English Language

Entry requirements

Master’s Degree

MA in Applied Linguistics or a related subject, for example Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Education, with an overall average of at least 60% for UK MAs.

Undergraduate Degree

2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Applied Linguistics or a related subject, for example Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Education.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The PhD in Applied Linguistics (by Thesis and Coursework) is ideal if you have professional experience and/or who have previously studied in the field of Applied Linguistics, and you want a PhD that broadens as well as deepens your knowledge of relevant research and research methodologies. Many of our students are professionals who are balancing PhD studies with full-time careers, and this contributes to the rich and stimulating academic environment.

We have recently revised the programme and made it more flexible. You will begin with four assessed modules taken over 12-24 months. We offer modules specific to the programme but you can also choose from additional modules offered by the department’s Masters programmes, on-campus or distance, as well modules from the Faculty’s Research Training Programme. After successfully completing these four modules, you will move to a sole focus on your research and thesis.

We provide a virtual (online) introduction/welcome session and two intensive residentials at Lancaster University during which time you will complete a portion of the coursework, participate in a graduate student conference, and engage in a range of professional and academic development activities. These are valuable opportunities to meet your tutors face-to-face and interact with other students.

Entry to the programme is in January and you can study part or full time. Full-time students remain in Lancaster for the duration of their degree; part-time students typically live outside Lancaster and/or Great Britain. You will receive regular on-going support and advice from your supervisor throughout your degree.

Our next cohort will be starting in January 2020.

If you are interested in applying for entry in 2021 or beyond, and would like more information please contact the department (Elaine Heron,

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

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

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