Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Applied linguistics aims to investigate real'world phenomena in which language plays a central role. At MPhil/PhD level, we aim for you to make the transition into a fully fledged, independent academic researcher, with the skills necessary to present your research orally as well as in writing, in addition to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Such independence is achieved on the basis of a full appreciation of the hallmarks of good scholarship, such as original thought, the proper use of references and background material, appropriate use of methodology and accountable reporting procedures, and it is these priorities that we aim to impart to our students. Once equipped with the generic and discipline'specific tools for carrying out research, you will pursue your particular research interests, supported by regular meetings with your supervisor and presentations and attendance at MPhil/PhD seminars.

Course Modules

Current research centres around: Bilingualism and multilingualism; child language development; second language acquisition; psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics; sociolinguistics; cross'cultural pragmatics; discourse and conversation analysis; intercultural communication; language teaching; and translation theory.

Course Additional Entry

A good Master's degree in a relevant subject; some relevant work experience is desirable, but not essential. A research proposal will also be required. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MPhil £10,920  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MPhil £3,732  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MPhil £5,460  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MPhil £1,836  Academic year. First year home fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £10,920  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £3,732  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
PhD £5,460  Academic year. First year overseas fees
5 years
Part Time
PhD £1,836  Academic year. First year home fees