Registration dates: Four registration dates: October / January / April / July.
Fees (2013/14 on campus programme):
Home/EU fees are subject to a slight increase each year. International fees are fixed for the duration of the programme.
Distance learning available:
Aston University Admissions Policy:
The admissions process follows Aston University's Admissions Policy
Research Degree Regulations:
The Research Degree Programme is governed by Aston University's General Regulations for Degrees by Research and Thesis
During year one of the programme (or years one and two for part time students) research studentsattend the Research Methods and Skills Course and work towards submission of the Qualifying Report examination. The Qualifying Report is between 6,000 and 10,000 words and is a summary on the progress of a student’s research. Assessment is conducted through a viva voce examinationwhose purpose is not only to ascertain a student’s academic potential but also to provide independent advice on a student’s research that students usually find very helpful.
Students who are successful in the Qualifying Report examination then follow the full PhD programme route through to submission of the final thesis. PhD students have three years full time or six years part time from their research start date in which to submit the thesis. Examination of thethesis is via viva voce examination and successful students after this stage receive Aston’s ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ research degree.
The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers the following research degrees:
The degree of Master of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose postgraduate research work represents a contribution to knowledge and shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field. The work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical, literary and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of adequate analysis and discussion of results.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose postgraduate research work represents a substantial original contribution to knowledge and shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field. The work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical, literary and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of adequate analysis and discussion of results.
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
You are required to:
(Please note that if you are applying for the following programmes you are only required to submit a research proposal outline:
Research - Applied Linguistics by distance learning
Research - Languages and Translation Studies by distance learning)
Your understanding of the subject at an appropriate level and highlight the scope for doctoral research
Your expected outcome (e.g. descriptive, explanatory, pedagogic)
Which field the research will contribute to
3. Demonstrate an awareness of an appropriate research tradition (or paradigm) which will provide a focus for your project4. Show a basic understanding of at least one appropriate theoretical model that will be used to analyse data for your study5. Draft a plan (in line with 3 and 4 above) of how the research will be carried out over the time allowed.
Organisation of the Proposal:
Dan Thomson, LSS Research Officer
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