Research course

Languages and Applied Linguistics

Institution
Open University · Centre for Language and Communications
Qualifications
PhDMPhilEdDMRes

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

October

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, eyetracking, multimodal analysis, 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
  • Transition Studies.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • EdD
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Mrs Wendy Whiteley
Email
WELS-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 858188