Research course

Language and Globalisation

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Language and globalisation is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster within the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Globalisation can be understood broadly as a set of major technological, political, economic and socio-cultural changes which have intensified over the past decades and made the world more interconnected.

Questions we seek answers to include: How are issues around language and communication affected by processes of globalisation? What role do language and communication play in processes of globalisation? What is the relationship between globalisation and practices such as multilingualism and language mixing? What discourses – ways of talking and writing about these issues – circulate in the public and private spheres? What can we learn about globalisation by looking at contemporary linguistic and communicative practices and its consequences for equity and participation?

Current/recent research projects:
  • The role of English in European higher education, scholarship and science.
  • English-medium instruction in schools in Ghana and India.
  • Global English and language learning.
  • Academic writing for publication in a global context.
  • English Studies in global higher education contexts.

Potential supervisors:

Department specialisms

The role of English in non-English-dominant contexts Language policy and practice in a globalised world Language learning and multilingualism English for development purposes English in global knowledge production

Fees and funding

For detailed information on current fees visit: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
48 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Philip Seargeant
+44 (0)1908 655364