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 recent 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? What new theories are needed – if any – to account for the complexity of communication in the globalised world?

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      48 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Philip Seargeant

          +44 (0)1908 655364