MPhil PhD Applied Linguistics

Canterbury Christ Church University, England

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About Programme

An MPhil and PhD in Applied Linguistics are offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. These degrees are co-ordinated by Professor Adrian Holliday, who is also Head of The Graduate School, which provides cross-institutional support and facilities for research students within an interdisciplinary community.

  • Type: On campus
  • Start: September
  • Language: English


  • Duration: 24 months
  • Fee national: $5,361
  • Fee international: $15,817


  • Duration: 36 months

We have:

  • a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education and intercultural communication, and also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics
  • a small friendly community of about ten full-time and twelve part-time students
  • a strong pastoral ethos, where full-time students can see their supervisors regularly and part-time students can have regular email contact

Recent research projects

  • Cultural identity and cultural values in the UK-published ELT coursebook.
  • Cultural transfer in translation: a psycholinguistically-orientated, empirical investigation into the translation of culture-bound lexis
  • Discursive Struggle: linguistic imperialism and resistance on Chinese university campuses
  • Filial piety: a barrier or a resource? A qualitative case study of English classroom culture in a Hong Kong secondary school
  • Gender awareness, confidence and achievement in English language learning in China
  • 'Loud and clear': students' voices of disaffection on university practices in Mexico
  • Perceptions and attitudes held by Chinese language teachers towards western influence on English language teaching in China
  • Perspectives on change among English language teaching professionals.
  • Producing and reproducing a professional culture of English language teacher training
  • Revolution or evolution in educational change in the English language teaching and learning context of the Turkish Republic of * Northern Cyprus.
  • Teacher attitudes to the use of the 1st language in a Ugandan secondary school
  • The mobilisation of culture in professional discourse within the international ELT profession
  • The role of group interactions in 2nd language learning. The socio-cultural construction of learner independence in a tertiary EFL institution in Turkey
  • Tracing the changes of attitude and belief among student teachers in Mexico
  • Culture and the classroom: the effects of globalisation and socio-political changes on the development of cultural identity and on learning English in Kuwait
  • The “native speaker” English language teacher in a globalising world
  • Language use within bilingual families: stories from Istanbul
  • The leisure reading habits of first-year, female Emirati university students: an investigation


Our PhD students range from novice to accomplished professionals or academics from across the world. Many of them are part-time students and manage to do their research while conducting busy professional schedules. Their places of work are the bases for the data collection. Many of our PhD graduates hold posts in universities in the UK, Hong Kong, Uganda, Iran, the UAE, Kuwait, Mexico, China, and the US. In a significant number of cases they have acquired university positions or promotions to senior university posts as a result of gaining their PhD.

Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for MPhil and PhD applicants is:

  • A good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject
  • An excellent research proposal
  • All candidates must have successfully completed an English-medium course of study with a substantial research element
  • A British masters degree is often preferred as evidence of experience in research within the British system. The majority of students in TESOL also have professional experience.

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