Research Applied Linguistics (by distance learning)

Aston University
In Birmingham (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Postgraduate
  • Birmingham (England)
  • When:

Please note: the Distance Learning Research Degree programme for Forensic Linguistics is currently full. Registration dates:
There are two registration dates every academic year - October and April. The application deadline for October entry is the end of June and the deadline for April entry is the end of January.  The distance learning programme is only available by part time study so the thesis submission date is a minimum of four years and maximum of six years from the enrolment date. Fees (2015/16): 
UK/EU students: £4,500 per year 
International students: £7,000 per year  Fees (2016/17): 
UK/EU students: £4,550 per year 
International students: £7,150 per year  Residency requirement:
There is a residency requirement of a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks in the final year of study.

Important information

Requirements: 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...


Where and when

Starts Location
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Part Time

Course programme

The programme is designed to meet the needs of individual students. You will be given a individually-tailored learning pathway, in consulation with the Programme Director and potential supervisor, based on previous experience and qualifications.

During the first two years (of the part-time programme), all students will 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 will give practice in carrying out a small-scale, subject-specfic research project.

All students must submit a qualifying report before the end of their second year in order to be admitted to the award of either MPhil or PhD.

Students who successfully complete the qualifying report will then study Academic Preparation and complete a 60,000 word thesis.

Subject-specific elements in TESOL: Course and Materials Design, Methodology, Analysis of Written Discourse, Analysis of Spoken Interaction, Grammar and Lexis.

Subject-specific elements in Applied Linguistics: Analysis of Spoken and Written Discourse, Corpus Linguistics, Grammar, Lexis, Literary Linguistics, Language Variation and Change.

Subject-specific elements - in Forensic Linguistics: Introduction to Forensic Linguistics (by distance learning or by summer school); Linguistic investigation and evidence, Linguistic disadvantage in legal contexts.

Applicants should:
  • Possess a Masters degree from a UK university or hold an equivalent qualification. An overall merit or equivalent, with merit in the dissertation is normally required. 
  • Have the required skills and experience
  • Submit a research proposal outline (typically 1 to 3 pages) on a relevant subject (see 'How To Apply'). 

Language requirements:

Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.5 in writing and reading and minimum 6.0 in speaking and listening)
  • 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