A PhD or MPhil in Applied Linguistics enables you to undertake a substantial project led by your own passions and interests.
The PhD takes three years full-time or six years part-time, and the MPhil takes two years full-time or four years part-time.
You will submit a thesis up to 90,000 words for PhD assessment and 60,000 words for MPhil assessment, demonstrating original research with a significant contribution to the subject area. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination, or viva)
Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC) and we are especially interested in projects concerning:
- Computer Assisted Language Learning
- Cognitive Psychology of Language
- Discourse analysis
- Lexical Studies
- second language acquisition
- vocabulary learning
Your project will be agreed in consultation with supervisors and we recommend these discussions are started before applying, to help draw up an initial proposal.
You are closely supervised by two experienced academics with relevant expertise throughout the course of the project. This involves fortnightly meetings in your first term and meetings at regular agreed intervals thereafter.
There are no taught PhD classes but if requested, you may attend MA modules relevant to your thesis. You typically undertake a number of distinct but related research studies that ultimately form the basis of your dissertation.
You will develop and hone research skills needed for high-level work in any field of Applied Linguistics, while skills and training programmes available on campus provide further support. You will have the opportunity to deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars, and at the College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate conference.
You may also have the chance to teach undergraduate tutorials and seminars from the second year, for which you receive training and payment. Financial support is also provided (subject to approval) for attending conferences or conducting research away from Swansea.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 reported on postgraduate research in the department.
- The environment in the Department is ‘conducive to producing research of mostly at least internationally excellent and at its best world-leading quality’
- ‘Arrangements for postgraduates were deemed of world-leading quality’
- ‘There is clear evidence of the development of a research culture into which research students are fully integrated’
- ‘There are excellent arrangements for support, training and employability’.