Applied Linguistics, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13350
    Tuition (Year)
    4200
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

Within this field, they have expertise in: second language syntax, explicit and implicit knowledge and learning, vocabulary learning and use, individual differences in second language learning, language testing, figurative language and discourse processing, and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include the acquisition of the English article system by native speakers of Korean and Spanish, the relationship of working memory and self-correction behaviour in instructed second language learners' speech, and second language acquisition mediated by a CALL environment. This PhD is available as a PhD by Supervised Research (three years) and as an Integrated New Route PhD (four years). 
Many of the former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers. Other career paths our former PhD students have taken include publishing, social work, administration, and retail. 

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Within the Department, on our four-year route (the Integrated ‘new route’ PhD), your first year is a preparatory MRes year so you take six training modules and write an assessed MRes dissertation. This programme is ideal if you wish to develop your knowledge of existing research and improve understanding of research methods before embarking on independent research. Your second year is when you embark on your research topic and the writing your PhD thesis, while your third and fourth years are spent writing your PhD thesis.
On the three-year supervised research route, if you already have a solid knowledge of existing research in your field and a good understanding of research method, plus a suitable research proposal, you immediately begin your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board. In your second year you continue your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board. In your third year, you continue your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA

Funding

For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

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