The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual students. You will be given a individually-tailored learning pathway, in consulation with the Programme Director and potential supervisor, based on previous experience and qualifications.
During the first two years (of the part-time programme), all students will complete core Research Methods training. Depending on prior experience a student also may be asked to complete a subject specific element from the areas of Applied Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics and TESOL. This will give practice in carrying out a small-scale, subject-specfic research project.
All students must submit a qualifying report before the end of their second year in order to be admitted to the award of either MPhil or PhD.
Students who successfully complete the qualifying report will then study Academic Preparation and complete a 60,000 word thesis.
Subject-specific elements in TESOL: Course and Materials Design, Methodology, Analysis of Written Discourse, Analysis of Spoken Interaction, Grammar and Lexis.
Subject-specific elements in Applied Linguistics: Analysis of Spoken and Written Discourse, Corpus Linguistics, Grammar, Lexis, Literary Linguistics, Language Variation and Change.
Subject-specific elements - in Forensic Linguistics: Introduction to Forensic Linguistics (by distance learning or by summer school); Linguistic investigation and evidence, Linguistic disadvantage in legal contexts.
Research Methods underpins the whole programme. You will be introduced to the key research traditions in applied linguistics, to research ethics, to the main research methods used to collect data and to the principles and practice of data analysis. You will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of research methods and this will be assessed through a portfolio submission.
Entry requirements and application procedures are the same as for on-campus programmes, but please note that you do not need a full research proposal for this programme. You should send an outline of your proposed area of research, making sure you cover all the areas listed below. Your outline should be written in continuous prose and be between one and three sides of A4 (excluding references).
The topic of your research
The research setting (the socio-cultural and/or physical context)
The proposed research questions (no more than 4)
The reasons why your research is important – please explain (a)why you want to undertake this research, (b) how it relates to existing research and (c) what makes it original.
The areas of the literature you intend to consult
The methods of data collection you intend to use
Arrangements you need to make for data collection (possible problems of accessing the research site, for example)
Any ethical issues you need to address (if your research involves human participants)
A list of references you have consulted so far
Find out how to apply
Dr Sue Garton is the programme's course director.
Refer to the subject area pages for details of our research staff and their specialisms.