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. (Please 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.
You can choose a supervisor from any one of the following staff members, who between them cover a range of Applied Linguistics topics. It is essential to contact a possible supervisor to discuss your proposed PhD project before you apply for admission. We cannot accept students who do not have a confirmed supervisor. If you submit an application without having first confirmed a supervisor, we will circulate your application amongst staff to see if there is any interest, but this can lead to delays in processing the application, and is not usually successful.
multimodal and intersemiotic communication, translanguaging in electronically mediated discourse, self-presentation and textual representation of the body, expression of location and self-positioning in discourse, storyworld construction in communication
Health communication, media discourse, digital literacies and identities, critical metaphor analysis, corpus assisted discourse analysis
linguistic purism; the influence of English on other languages; text book / school books analysis; the relationships between politics language and culture
pragmatics and sociolinguistics within the context of English-language learning, communication theory, discourse analysis and critical metaphor analysis
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.