Research course

Languages and Applied Linguistics

Open University · Centre for Language and Communications

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry


Course content

The Language and Literacies Research Cluster is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Researchers in language and literacies view language as a powerful social and cultural phenomenon and adopt a range of socially oriented approaches towards the study of language across the lifespan. A wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches are used, including cognitive stylistics, complexity theory, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, multimodality, linguistic ethnography, metaphor theory, literary theory and criticism, semiotics, systemic functional linguistics, sociocultural theory, social network theory and sociolinguistics.

These approaches are used to explore language in many contexts such as language education, teaching and learning across the curriculum, social work, medical humanities, conflict resolution, language policy, digitally mediated communication, social media, language and globalisation.

Our work covers a range of exciting research topics with particular foci as follows:

  • Academic and professional literacies
  • Communication in social and healthcare contexts
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language and creativity
  • Language and globalisation
  • Language and policy
  • Language and the digital media
  • Language as a social semiotic in teaching and learning
  • Open educational practices
  • The teaching and learning of foreign and second languages in online and distance contexts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months
          • EdD
            part time
            36 months
            • MRes
              full time
              12 months

              Course contact details

              Mrs Anne Foward
              +44 (0)1908 655364