2:1 (or international equivalent) in a related arts, humanities or social science subject. Applicants should hold, or be working towards, a good masters degree.
Months of entry
January, November, May, April, February
The School of English has long-established excellence in Applied Linguistics, and is home to a number of leading experts in the field.
A PhD in the School of English will comprise mainly independent study, with supervision meetings spread throughout the year. There are no taught credits attached to a PhD, although it is compulsory for full-time students to attend the Arts Faculty Researcher Skills training programme.
- Stylistics and literary linguistics;
- Literature and language teaching;
- Cognitive approaches to literary text study;
- Cross-cultural pragmatics;
- International Englishes; language, culture and teacher development;
- Language and identity; sociolinguistics;
- Vocabulary description, acquisition and pedagogy;
- Spoken discourse study;
- Corpus linguistics;
- Grammar in spoken and written text (the School is home to the five-million word CANCODE corpus of spoken English);
- Thinking skills in English teaching;
- Motivation, affect;
- Language learning;
- Bilingualism, language and gender.
Stylistics and literary linguistics Literature and language teaching Cognitive approaches to literary text study Cross-cultural pragmatics International Englishes; language, culture and teacher development Language and identity; sociolinguistics Vocabulary description, acquisition and pedagogy Lexicology Spoken discourse study Corpus linguistics Grammar in spoken and written text (the School is home to the five-million word CANCODE corpus of spoken English) Thinking skills in English teaching Psycholinguistics Motivation, affect Language learning Bilingualism, language and gender
Information for international students
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).
Fees and funding
Further information regarding funding opportunities can be found on the School's funding webpages for postgraduate research students.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Jo Pullen
- +44 (0)115 951 5917