University of Nottingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Applied Linguistics with English Language Teaching PhD (Research)

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Course summary

Applied Linguistics offers a fascinating opportunity to study the interaction between language and the real world. You will be supervised by our expert staff, who offer specialisms in areas including:

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language development
  • Second language acquisition
  • Language learner psychology (including language learner anxiety, language learner motivation, and group dynamics)
  • Language teacher psychology (including teacher resilience and motivation)
You will join a diverse body of PhD students, working across all areas of the School of English (from English literature to medieval studies). You will also be encouraged to take part in events, such as our postgraduate research seminars and the yearly English Showcase, which brings all PhD students together to share their work. We also host research in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, with particular specialisms in health communication and professional communication, as well as language, gender and sexuality. The University of Nottingham is one of eight universities making up the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C). The partnership provides funding and training to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. You will have access to the University of Nottingham Researcher Academy. This will provide you with a network of researchers and staff to support you during your PhD, as well as training, placement and travel opportunities.


A PhD in English is mainly made up of independent study, with supervision meetings spread throughout the year. There are no taught credits attached to a PhD, although it is compulsory for full-time students to attend the Arts Faculty Researcher Skills training programme. Some PhD students also choose to audit masters modules taught by their supervisors where appropriate, though this is not compulsory, nor does it involve any formal assessment. If you are studying part-time you will be expected to attend some face-to-face meetings in the school during the course of their PhD. Although most supervision meetings can be held online, you will be asked to attend the induction sessions during welcome week if possible, and have your first supervision meeting and at least one supervision a year face-to-face with their supervisory team. You will also be required to attend/take part in all required research training, attend PG seminars where possible and one PGR symposium over the period of their registration. Wherever possible the final viva examination will be face-to-face. You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words, with expert support and advice from your academic supervisor(s). You will also take a verbal examination called a viva voce, where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel. All periods of registration are followed by a period of writing-up (called the thesis-pending period) when tuition fees are not paid and students are writing up their thesis. You can find information about this in the University's Quality Manual. All PhD students take part in annual review assessments to ensure that their project is progressing satisfactorily. An annual review usually consists of a written report. For full-time students, the first year is probationary (first two years for part-time students), and the first year annual review involves a viva with an independent internal assessor.

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a related arts, humanities or social science subject. Applicants should hold, or be working towards, a good Master's degree. IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

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