Research course

Academic and Professional Literacies

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Academic and professional literacies is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Researchers and students work in a variety of areas relating to literacies in education (secondary and HE) and professional contexts. Past and present studies have focused on writing in different disciplines (e.g. history, geography, history of science, health and social care); digital literacies in teacher development; writing by UK and international students; argumentation in computer-mediated academic discussions; literacy practices in digital environments; developing teacher literacies through participation in ereading groups; the writing for publication of scholars working in non-Anglophone contexts; and writing in professional social work practice. Methodologies include ethnography, corpus analysis, systemic functional analysis and discourse approaches, including critical discourse analysis and poststructuralist approaches.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Mrs Anne Foward
+44 (0)1908 655364