Research course

Discourse Studies

University of Warwick · Centre for Applied Linguistics

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Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in ELT/TESOL, English, Education, Linguistics, Languages or a relevant discipline; a Master’s degree in ELT/TESOL, Applied Linguistics or a relevant discipline.

Please make sure you check the full course details online before you apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Study language, communication and discourse on MPhil/PhD in Discourse Studies. The University of Warwick's Department of Applied Linguistics, ranked 6th in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, allows you the freedom to research text and discourse in a variety of professional and academic social contexts.

Working under the expert guidance of a supervisor, PhD students design and pursue an individual research project shaped by their own personal, academic, or professional needs and interests. They participate in seminars and other activities in a diverse and vibrant research community, and disseminate their work through conference presentations and publications to both academic and non-academic audiences.

PhD researchers are individually mentored by academic supervisors from the beginning of their journey. They also participate in weekly research seminars in Year One to develop their skills and understanding in relation to research issues and approaches, methods of data collection and analysis, and research ethics.

Department specialisms

Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LLTA): Teaching, learning, assessment, and teacher development in the field of language teaching. Professional and Academic Discourse (PAD): Investigating text and discourse – both written and spoken – in a variety of professional and academic social contexts. Working and Communicating across Cultures (WACC): Culture, language and communication in social, educational and professional contexts.

Information for international students

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with a 7.0 in Writing).

Fees and funding

For information on funding please visit our Postgraduate fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585