Aston University

Aston University

Applied Linguistics

This innovative distance learning research degree programme in the area of Applied Linguistics builds upon our extensive experience in providing distance learning PhD programmes. This programme aims to - deepen your knowledge of key issues at the forefront of the interdisciplinary field of applied linguistics; - enhance your knowledge of a range of research traditions, methods and techniques relevant to your academic and professional development; - enable you to design and implement a research project that makes an original contribution to the field of applied linguistics in terms of new knowledge, applications or understanding; - encourage and promote learning, personal development and self-awareness; - develop the capacity for reflective, critical and independent thought and action in relation to your studies.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: 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.

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Distance learning October 2018 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Distance learning October 2018 - 4 Years

Campus details

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

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