School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

PhD in Applied Linguistics

PhD in Applied Linguistics

Pre-Application stage

In order to determine whether our PhD Programme is the right fit for you, and what kind of supervision and financial support might be appropriate please consult this webpage (below) and the School page.

The Department is interested in receiving applications in a wide range of Applied Linguistics Areas (please note: currently we do not offer supervision in TESOL or ELT topics). Particular research strengths are focused on the study of institutional communication (for example, health and science communication), the relationships between politics, language and culture, and electronic communication (see the list of potential supervisors below).

Students who are not already familiar with the UK system of research-only PhDs should spend some time familiarizing themselves with the information for current students  before making a decision to apply.

How to apply

If you have any questions about the application process contact Ms. Sharon Bernor ( Before making a formal application, you are advised to consult a potential supervisor directly with a draft research proposal. Note that indication of interest on the part of a potential supervisor does NOT guarantee acceptance into the programme. Admissions decisions are based on all elements of your application dossier.