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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film


Research at the Language Centre covers a range of Applied Linguistics Areas. Particular research strengths include:

  • Institutional communication
  • Multimodality
  • The relationships between politics, language and culture
  • Electronic communication

Staff and students at the Language Centre actively participate in the research events organised by the British Association of Applied Linguistics/BAAL. The Department covers its PhD students' membership of BAAL offering the opportunity to students to attend various BAAL events and present ongoing work.

Dr Koteyko is a Convener of the Special Interest Group on Health and Science Communication. The Special Interest Group provides a forum for the study of applied linguistics topics in the domain of health and science communication bringing together researchers who combine concepts and methods from applied linguistics with those from other disciplines such as sociology, medical humanities, anthropology, media studies, psychology and cultural studies.

Potential Supervisors

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.

Agnieszka Lyons

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

Weronika Fernando

Language and literacy in academic and professional settings, applications of digital media to language/literacy teaching and learning, social justice in language education, cross-cultural communication, discourse analysis 

 Nelya Koteyko

Health communication, media discourse, digital literacies and identities, critical metaphor analysis, corpus assisted discourse analysis

Falco Pfalzgraf

linguistic purism; the influence of English on other languages; text book / school books analysis; the relationships between politics language and culture


How to apply

You can find the application to PhD in Applied Linguistics on the University page

Note that indication of interest on the part of a potential supervisor does NOT guarantee acceptance into the programme. Admissions decisions are made by a panel, and take into account all elements of your application dossier.

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