Masters degree in relevant area.
MPhil or PhD
Months of entry
January, April, October
Course contentWe offer supervision for our PhD English Language Teaching in a wide range of areas, including: vocabulary teaching, teaching reading and literacy development, writing pedagogy and academic writing, corpus-based pedagogy, teaching English to young learners, task-based language learning, language testing, classroom interaction, materials design and evaluation, teacher beliefs and teacher identity, and English for Academic Purposes.
Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include students' attitudes to native and non-native English language teachers, the role of metacognitive awareness in EFL reading, English teachers' beliefs about and practices of teaching methodology, and genre analysis of Japanese and British introductions to PhD theses in the field of literature. This PhD is available as a PhD by Supervised Research (three years) and as an Integrated New Route PhD (four years).
Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers, but also in teacher education, in the area of educational advice and management, programme evaluation, and syllabus design.
We also offer an MPhil in this subject and part-time research study is also available.
Our Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were rated as producing the highest proportion of world-leading linguistics research of any university in the UK and we were ranked ninth in the UK in the 2012 National Student Survey.
Our students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.
Research supervision is available in the following fields: applied linguistics; Computer Assisted Language Learning; English for specific purposes; English language teaching; experimental linguistics; L1 acquisition; L2 learning; morphology; phonology; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics; syntax.
Information for international students
Fees and fundingWe offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Graduate Administrator
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