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English Language and Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning), Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) Online
Doing a PhD in English Language and Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning) from University of Birmingham allows you to study while remaining in your resident country, keeping in contact with your supervisor via email and skype.

About

This is a perfect way to study, especially if you are interested in relating research work to your current professional environment.

Extensive online research training is provided in the first year of the programme and, whilst there is no requirement to spend any time in Birmingham, you are encouraged to visit for short periods, if possible. These visits provide valuable opportunities for face-to-face supervision, to meet other PhD students and to make use of the library and other research and training opportunities. 

There are two English Language and Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning) programmes from University of Birmingham: a standard programme and a modular programme. Both programmes involve regular contact with a supervisor by email and/or Skype. There is no assessed taught component, but students follow online research training modules.

Career

Birmingham's English Language and Linguistics postgraduates develop a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, particularly in relation to verbal and written communication. They also develop crucial skills in organisation, time management, analysis and interpretation of information.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Research starting in January or September is encouraged, but flexible start dates may be available.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      4-6 years part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Module 1 - Subject-focused work, to include some research training and preparation related to the subject, such as empirical work, literature searches, and research methodology.
  • Module 2 - Structured research and writing on the research topic. It may be linked in a linear way to Module 1, or the connection may be looser.
  • Module 3 - The thesis (maximum 50,000 words - 360 credits)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Funding

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