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Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, IPhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #94 (BCR) Southampton, United Kingdom
This integrated PhD course in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at University of Southampton is ideal for all those looking to either establish and design English language teaching programmes, teach English as a second language, or continue an academic career in language and linguistics education.
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This is the course page for IPhD Integrated Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of IPhD Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

How will you learn?

On a postgraduate research programme is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. Independent learning is the main element of undertaking postgraduate research, but we will guide you through the research experience by providing not only a dedicated supervisory team who will be on hand to help you to shape and direct your research project, but also a programme of research and transferrable skills training to prepare you not only for the project, but also for the career path you may wish to follow after its completion. If there are gaps in your knowledge when you start with us, you can join our taught masters students on one of their courses to provide you with the additional grounding you need.

We view our doctoral candidates as early stage researchers, so expect you to get involved with the wider research environment within, and external to, the university. Our disciplines have many unique and exciting additional opportunities for you engage with: such as visiting Chawton House Library, the former home of Jane Austen; studying the Broadlands Archive, containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten; being part of one of our student-led interdisciplinary reading groups; and the chance to hear from visiting speakers from international universities who are frequent part of our research centre-led lecture and seminar series. You will have many opportunities to give papers and presentations, receiving feedback from peers and colleagues on how you can improve your work, maximise its effectiveness and gain recognition for your efforts.


The goal of an MPhil/PhD is a final thesis of 75,000 words. This thesis will be examined by an internal and external examiner at an oral examination. Assessment at postgraduate research level therefore comes in the form of regular reviews of your work from your supervisory team and colleagues within your discipline to prepare you for this final examination. As a minimum, you will be expected to present your work three times during candidature: after nine months (the first year presentation); after approximately two years (upgrade from MPhil/PhD to PhD); after you have submitted your thesis (viva voce oral examination).

Professional development

A PhD will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm for your research to a wide range of audiences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Students may complete the programme on a part time basis having successfully concluded the taught element.

  • Credits
    210 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Language and Society 
  • Second Language Learning 
  • English as a World Language
  • Language in Society
  • Assessment of Language Proficiency
  • Discourse Analysis 
For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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General Requirements

Required supporting documents

  • Application form including a personal statement (the statement should give a clear indication of why you wish to undertake the iPhD programme and what areas of Applied Linguistics you are interested in)
  • Transcript
  • Two pieces of individually authored academic work and a research proposal
  • 2 references
  • English language certification (if relevant)
Academic entry requirements

First or upper second-class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline.  Other qualifications will be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3216 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16068 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 60 months.
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  •  UK: tbc
  • International :£8,034

Living costs for Southampton

  • 697 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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