Research course

Educational and Applied Linguistics

Newcastle University · School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree with at least 60%, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The Integrated PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics enables you to gain a critical understanding of Applied Linguistics and apply this to a context of your choice.
We provide an 'academic apprenticeship model' where you’ll be fully supported from being a strong Master's level student to becoming a successful doctoral student and ultimately to a university academic.
This programme has a 1+3 structure. In year 1 (the ‘taught stage’) you’ll take a series of postgraduate modules to help prepare for the doctoral thesis (years 2, 3, 4, the ‘research stage’) and also for a career in higher education. These year 1 modules are focussed on important career skills such as:
  • academic writing for publication
  • teaching in higher education settings
  • research methodology
Additionally, you’ll develop expertise in a broader field of research by taking modules from one of our three research pathways.
  • Social Interaction
  • Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
Each pathway contains modules led by leading experts in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.
At the end of year 1, you’ll undertake a small-scale research project. This is made up of two parts:
  • Empirical Study – designated supervisors will guide you through the process of writing a journal-style article, giving you the experience of writing for a publication. If the study is of publishable quality and scope, you will be encouraged to submit it.
  • Reflective Log - this will give you the opportunity to reflect upon the successes and challenges of undertaking the empirical study, helping you to understand the process better.
If you are successful in year 1 (achieving a pass mark of 60% or above in your modules and research project), you will progress to the research stage of the programme (years 2-4). Guided by a supervisory team, you will undertake your doctoral thesis of approximately 80,000 words relating to one of the research pathways.

Department specialisms

We specialise in research supervision in the fields of language and communication disorders, language acquisition (first, second and bilingual), applied and educational linguistics, TESOL and cross-cultural communication.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 9 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Integrated PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
+44 (0)191 208 5436