The School of English has long-established excellence in Applied Linguistics, and is home to a number of leading experts in the field.
Research areas include:
- Stylistics and literary linguistics
- Literature and language teaching
- Cognitive approaches to literary text study
- Cross-cultural pragmatics
- International Englishes; language, culture and teacher development
- Language and identity; sociolinguistics
- Vocabulary description, acquisition and pedagogy
- Spoken discourse study
- Corpus linguistics
- Grammar in spoken and written text (the School is home to the five-million word CANCODE corpus of spoken English)
- Thinking skills in English teaching
- Motivation, affect
- Language learning
- Bilingualism, language and gender
See the full list of supervision areas in the School of English
We offer PhDs in Applied Linguistics, with or without English Language Teaching.
Full time: 4 years (3 years registered study plus one year thesis pending)
Part time: 8 years (6 years registered study plus two years thesis pending)
Completion earlier than this is possible, with the approval of your supervisors and provided that the minimum study period has been completed.
|Academic Entry Requirements
Undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 level or above, and a good Masters degree (usually Merit or higher) in the relevant area.
Applicants without a Masters degree who can demonstrate equivalent expertise are invited to contact the School for further advice.
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Our standard start date is 1 October.
We also offer start dates of 1 November, 1 January, 1 February, 1 April, and 1 May.
A PhD in the School of English will comprise mainly independent study, with supervision meetings spread throughout the year. There are no taught credits attached to a PhD, although it is compulsory for full-time students to attend the Arts Faculty Researcher Skills training programme. Some PhD students also choose to audit Masters modules taught by their supervisors where appropriate, however this is not compulsory, and would not involve any formal assessment.
All PhD students take part in Annual Review assessments to ensure they are progressing satisfactorily. This usually consists of the submission of a written report. For full-time students, the first year is probationary (first two years for part-time students), and the first year annual review involves a viva with an independent internal assessor.
Part Time / Distance Learning
The School of English does not have a formal distance learning provision for PhD study. If you are applying to undertake Research in the School without being based on campus, we would ask that you let us know at the earliest opportunity, so that we can discuss whether you will be able to meet the School and University's requirements for Research Students.
It is also recommended that you consider the following requirements:
Registration and Induction: If you are not based in Nottingham, you would usually be registered as a part-time student.
The University and School of English run a week of induction programmes before the start of term each year (usually the last week of September), which provides new students with the opportunity to meet key members of staff in the School. There are also events which help you to get started with IT access and accessing library materials. You would be expected to attend these programmes.
Supervision meetings should be a simultaneous meeting between you and your supervisor(s), which may include face-to-face meetings, but can also include Skype, video-conference sessions, or the use of other packages which enable contemporaneous dialogue between the parties involved. However we would expect your first supervision meeting and one supervision a year to be face-to-face.
All research students in the School of English must attend the compulsory core part of the Arts Faculty Researcher Skills Programme (see Course Research Support, below). Most sessions are delivered on campus and in term time, however the University has a substantial amount of material available electronically and online. You may also wish to refer to our student handbook to get an idea of what studying away from campus might be like.
The PGR Symposium takes place annually in May. Attendance is not compulsory for part time students but we would expect you to attend one Symposium over the period of your registration.
Wherever possible we expect your viva to take place face to face.