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English Language and Applied Linguistics - Postgraduate Research Opportunities


School of English, Drama, and American & Canadian Studies

About the Programme

English Language and Applied Linguistics PhD/MA by Research

The University has been ranked 36th in the world for English Language & Literature and Linguistics by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.

We also offer a PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics by Distance Learning. There are two distance learning options: a standard programme and a modular programme. There is no assessed taught component with the modular programme, but you will follow online research training modules.

Our distance learning programmes involve regular contact with a supervisor by email and/or video conference and allow you to remain in your resident country while pursuing your research. This is particularly beneficial if you are interested in relating your research to your current work. 

Research interests of staff include:

We specialise and welcome applications from prospective research students interested in corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, and stylistics and discourse analysis.

A summary of our key research areas, and staff working within those, can be found below. 

For full research interests of staff, please read our staff profiles or visit the research interest tab on each programme's course page.


Funding Notes

Please visit the College of Arts and Law funding page for information on possible funding opportunities: View Website

How good is research at University of Birmingham in English Language and Literature?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 37.20

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

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