Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University

Applied Linguistics

The course invites students and professionals to work on topics that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field of applied linguistics which goes beyond the aspect of classroom-based language learning and teaching, and may include contemporary approaches such corpus-driven studies on testing or material compilation, or issues related to sociocultural adaptation and social cohesion in a migration context, to name but a few. The aim is to truly reflect the role language as a communicative tool plays in people's everyday life, and the challenges related to it. The Professional Doctorate introduces students to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their current experience and context.

Entry requirements

Master's degree in a cognate subject, plus appropriate professional experience which will allow them to successfully complete the programme. Candidates who do not hold a Master's degree may be considered for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research with the possibility of subsequent progression to the Professional Masters or Professional Doctorate provided that they hold a 1st or 2.1 Class Honours degree (or equivalent foreign qualification) and have appropriate research and professional experience. The University carefully evaluates all candidates' academic and professional background and, where appropriate, interviews them. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), with reading and writing scores no lower than IELTS 6.5, and speaking and listening no lower than IELTS 6.0.

Course modules

Stage 1: the research portfolio consists of 3 papers of 7000 words each (21000 words in total); paper 1: key voices: context, practice and performance; paper 2: further conceptualisation and presentation of research; paper 3: establishing advanced research practice in applied linguistics: research proposal. Stage 2: dissertation: 59000-word thesis based on an original piece of research that is closely linked to your professional practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by means of a portfolio of work: Stage 1 includes 3 papers totalling 21000 words: a literature review, research proposal, and publishable article. Stage 2 consists of a 59000-word thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Doctorate Full-time £ 4,200 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
Professional Doctorate Part-time £ 2,520 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge Campus Cambridge CB1 1PT East of England

Key information

Anglia Ruskin University
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0845 271 3333