Research course

Languages and Applied Linguistics

University of Portsmouth · School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to face-to-face or telephone interview.

Translation and Literary Studies requires English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. Other subject areas require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

The School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) is one of the largest, well-established departments of its kind in the UK. We can offer PhD supervision in a wide range of themes and disciplines, with particular expertise in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language education, translation, international development, African studies, American studies, European studies and East Asian studies.

As a doctoral student, you can undertake your studies on a full- or part-time basis under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers who will welcome you into our vibrant research environment. Our doctoral students are fully supported throughout their period of study by their supervisory team, the Graduate School and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). Our PhD programme provides you with a range of opportunities to develop your subject-specific and generic skills as a researcher, with a view to your future career development. These might include training in the use of specific software, workplace placements, training for teaching in higher education, support in getting published and opportunities to present in seminars and conferences and organise your own workshops.



All researchers in the School of Languages and Area Studies belong to the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR). This is a major interdisciplinary centre which brings together researchers and postgraduates from across the university, including linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies. CEISR is organised into eight research clusters:

  • Francophone Africa
  • Justice in Fragile States
  • Language Across Borders
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
  • Social and Cultural History
  • Sociology and Social Theory
  • Transnational Europe
  • Women and Gender Studies.

As a PhD student in SLAS, you will automatically become a member of CEISR and at least one of its research clusters.

Module Details

  • Functional linguistics and discourse analysis
  • Multimodality
  • Corpus linguistics
  • English Language Teaching
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Second language acquisition
  • World Englishes and English as a lingua franca
  • Multilingualism and language diversity
  • Language and identity
  • Language, gender and sexuality
  • Language and globalisation
  • Translation and politics
  • Film remakes and subtitling
  • New media
  • Creative uses of translation and adaptation, including fan translation
  • Translation pedagogy
  • Interpreting
  • Gender-based violence
  • Religion and development
  • Global health issues and poverty
  • Migration and immigration
  • Citizenship and multiculturalism
  • Cultural development
  • Transnational justice
  • Franco-African relations in the colonial and post-colonial period (North and Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Decolonisation (notably Algeria and West Africa)
  • Post-colonial and post-conflict state-building
  • Nation-building, including language, culture and memory
  • Pan-Africanism, Blackness and diaspora
  • Humanitarian interventions and peace operations
  • Gender
  • European integration
  • The EU as a global actor and foreign policy
  • Right-wing extremism
  • National identity and state formation
  • Intersectionality, discrimination, race and racism
  • Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before 1939
  • Memory politics
  • Transatlantic relations
  • American Revolution
  • Colonial North America/ British Atlantic World
  • African-American, Hispanic, women’s, youth and gay civil rights movements of the 20thcentury

Student Destinations

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £TBC p/a, part-time students: £TBC p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £13,200 p/a* International part-time students: £6,600 p/a* *All fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Research Degrees - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
023 9284 6037