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Applied Linguistics, MPhil/PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) Canterbury, United Kingdom
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2 - 3 years Full-time

    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      3 - 5 years Part-time

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12160 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Part-time tuition fees: £2,597/year

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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