Research course

Applied Linguistics

University of York · Department of Educational Studies

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 MA degree in Applied Linguistics, Psychology, English, English for Academic Purposes, Education, Modern Languages, Linguistics) although candidates with other evidence of ability to succeed at PhD level will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The PhD in Applied Linguistics is designed to enhance specialised linguistic knowledge through academic study and research.

The programme is suitable for all those interested in exploring how linguistic knowledge can be applied to everyday real-life phenomena such as language learning, language policy or language processing.

The course emphasises state-of-the-art research methodology appropriate for conducting linguistic research projects, using a wide range of linguistic research methods.

We are interested in hearing from students doing projects that link linguistic research with real-life language use in the following broad areas:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Language learning
  • Discourse studies and discourse analysis
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Phonology
  • Lexis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language policy
  • Language for specific purposes (e.g. academic, professional)
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics

Information for international students

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 Applied Linguistics is IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322524