Applied Linguistics

Canterbury Christ Church University

66 months
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An MPhil and PhD in Applied Linguistics degree are offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University . These degrees are co-ordinated by Professor Adrian Holliday, who is also Head of The Graduate School, which provides cross-institutional support and facilities for research students within an interdisciplinary community.


Applied Linguistics degree offered at Canterbury Christ Church University has a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education and intercultural communication, and also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics.

Research Environment

Full-time students must attend a programme in researcher development during the first year. This is an institution-wide, inter-disciplinary programme which covers the full-spectrums of research approaches. It thus allows the student to establish a broad perspective within which to place her or his work, and also to become part of a larger community of research students.

Programme Structure

Recent students research project:

  • Cultural identity and cultural values in the UK-published ELT coursebook.
  • Cultural transfer in translation: a psycholinguistically-orientated, empirical investigation into the translation of culture-bound lexis
  • Discursive Struggle: linguistic imperialism and resistance on Chinese university campuses
  • Filial piety: a barrier or a resource? A qualitative case study of English classroom culture in a Hong Kong secondary school

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  • Part-time
    • 66 months
    • Flexible

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180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An application form and two academic referees who can comment on their research potential
  • A 1500-word research proposal
  • Interview of applicants who have the required academic qualifications and a promising research idea
  • During the interview candidates should be able to demonstrate: a basic understanding of research methodology (e.g. the difference between and the limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods); how and where data can be realistically collected; sufficient drive and determination to sustain extended self-directed study.

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