Aston University

Aston University

Applied Linguistics

During the 1st 2 years all students complete core research methods training. Depending on prior experience a student also may be asked to complete a subject specific element from the areas of applied linguistics, forensic linguistics and TESOL. This give practice in carrying out a small-scale, subject-specific research project.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a Master's degree from a UK university or hold an equivalent qualification; an overall merit or equivalent, with merit in the dissertation is normally required; applicants should submit a research proposal on a relevant subject; non-native speakers of English are normally also required to satisfy minimum English language requirements such as: IELTS: 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each section) or equivalent; TOEFL iBT: 93 (minimum 26 in writing, 22 in speaking, 19 in listening, 18 in reading); Pearson Academic: 63 (minimum 63 in writing and speaking, and 57 in reading and listening); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade A.

Course modules

TESOL: course and materials design; methodology; analysis of written discourse, analysis of spoken interaction; grammar and lexis. Applied linguistics: analysis of spoken and written discourse; corpus linguistics; grammar; lexis; literary linguistics; language variation and change. Forensic linguistics: introduction to forensic linguistics; linguistic investigation and evidence; linguistic disadvantage in legal context.

Assessment methods

All students must submit a qualifying report before the end of their 2nd year in order to be admitted to the award of either MPhil or PhD. Students who successfully complete the qualifying report then study academic preparation and complete a 60,000 word thesis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,150 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 7,150 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Distance learning October 2016 GBP 4,550 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

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Key information

Contact: 
LSS Research Manager
Telephone number: 
0121 204 3972