Taught course

Applied Linguistics

York St John University · School of Languages and Linguistics

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Entry requirements

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications will be:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience

All candidates must also currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award. The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

People who work in language and communication-focused contexts frequently use professional doctorates as a means of enabling their continuing professional development by giving them the opportunity to tackle a doctoral-level research project that is directly applicable to their professional practice.

The programme consists of a two-stage process that includes significant teaching and cohort learning in Stage 1 and an individually-based research project in Stage 2. This sort of structure is ideal for professionals who may be entering into research without necessarily having had recent experience of particular academic disciplines and university environments. Candidates with eligible professional experience may be admitted to the programme without the required academic qualifications provided they can demonstrate through other means that they have the necessary skills to study and research at doctoral level. This will usually be through the production of a piece of written work specified by the Subject Director prior to interview.

The main aims of the programme are to enable those working in language and communication-related professions to: develop their capacity to undertake research related to their profession; promote knowledge and understanding within their profession; develop and improve their professional practice.

Throughout the course, you will learn about the creation and interpretation of knowledge related to language and communication-focused professions, through original research or other advanced scholarship. You will have opportunities to extend the forefront of knowledge and/or practice within applied linguistics professions, and merit publication. You will develop an ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of applied linguistics, and to adjust the project design in light of unforeseen problems. You will gain a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry in the field of applied linguistics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team