Research course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language

University of York · Department of Education

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree or a master's degree (MA, MSc or MEd) in a relevant discipline (eg TESOL, Applied Linguistics, ELT, or Education) although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, we do expect you to be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency. The minimum requirement for PhD in TESOL is IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. For further information please see English language requirements.

You must submit a research proposal; we are unable to consider your application without one.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) emphasises state-of-the-art second and foreign language research, and is designed to enhance specialised knowledge through academic study and research.

The programme is suitable for:

  • English as second or foreign language teachers
  • teacher educators
  • professional development administrators
  • curriculum developers
  • materials writers
  • researchers
  • academics

The course emphasises state-of-the-art second and foreign language research. It focuses on practice and aims to help students to achieve a critical understanding of teaching theories and to obtain solid grounding in research methodology appropriate for conducting research projects in their professional contexts.

We are interested in hearing from students doing projects in the following broad research areas:

  • English for academic and professional purposes
  • Reading, writing, speaking in English as a second or foreign language
  • English language teacher cognition and identity
  • English language teacher education
  • English language curriculum development and evaluation
  • English language testing and assessment
  • Oral and written feedback
  • Classroom discourse studies
  • Cross-cultural pragmatics
  • Second language acquisition

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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