Language Teaching (Provisional Integrated PhD)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Three years full-time or four years and eight months part-time

Attendance

One to two evenings a week

A PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. To progress from the Integrated PhD to the research stage, you will usually need to achieve a 60% pass overall on the taught courses and successfully pass a qualifying interview. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

This Integrated PhD in Language Teaching will help you to achieve a critical conceptual understanding of evidence and theory relating to recent developments in the field. You will then be in a position to apply this understanding to your own professional context. You will complete 180 credits of postgraduate taught modules in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication. The aim of these modules is to help you to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to engage with, and evaluate, research and theory. These modules will also enable you to prepare and carry out a research project. 

Once you have satisfactorily passed your modules and demonstrated evidence of independent research skills and sufficient specialist knowledge in an area commensurate with the research interests of staff in the Department, you will be considered for entry to the research component of the programme. At the end of the taught year(s), you will be asked to attend an interview where your candidacy for the PhD will be assessed. At the doctoral phase, a dissertation of 45,000-55,000 words will be required.

Please note: for those who are interested in the areas of TESOL and language teaching, the Department would be happy to consider applications in the field of language learning, including the learning process and outcome of one, two or multiple languages in different contexts, intercultural learning and teaching.

 

Highlights

  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
  • The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication was established in 1965, making it the first department in England to focus on the study of applied linguistics. It has contributed greatly to the field over the years and remains the only department of applied linguistics in the University of London.
  • Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • In the 2014 REF, Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • The Department is an Institutional Member of the British Association of Applied Linguistics, an affiliated member of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and houses the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (Taylor and Francis).
  • Get more information on studying and researching linguistics at Birkbeck.
  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    A first degree and a taught Master's degree in a relevant subject.

    Recent and relevant experience of, and/or professional training in, classroom language teaching.

    You will be asked to complete a short admissions task.

    International entry requirements

    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.

    If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

  • Fees
    To be confirmed

    Fees and finance

    From 2018-19, PhD students resident in England can apply for government loans of up to £25,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees, maintenance and other study-related costs.

    Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

    Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

    The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a limited number of fully funded research opportunities.

  • Our Research Culture

    Our Research Culture

    The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication has developed a distinctive academic identity and helped to redefine the field as a social science. It is not a department of conventional descriptive or theoretical linguistics, and does not engage in research and teaching of syntax, morphology, phonology, phonetics or linguistics of a particular language. Rather, it is concerned with real-life issues in which language and communication play a central role. Find out more in our programme handbook.

    There will be a wide range of generic research training courses offered by the College Research School and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network. You will also have the opportunity to present your work annually for discussion by fellow students and staff at seminars.

    Find out more about the student support and facilities we offer.

    Read more about our vibrant research culture.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course.

    You are strongly advised to read our departmental website before applying, paying particular attention to individual staff members' stated research interests and their latest research publications, and to find a suitable supervisor whose interests match yours.

    We do not require a full research proposal at application stage but please ensure that you outline your research interests within your personal statement in one or two sentences.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    You can apply at any time during the year. Entry for the programme is October of each year.

    If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to apply by certain deadlines. Consult the websites of relevant bodies for details.

  • Finding a supervisor

    Finding a supervisor

    A critical factor when applying for postgraduate study in language teaching is the correlation between the applicant’s intellectual and research interests and those of one or more potential supervisors within the Department.

    Find out more about the research interests of our academic staff:

    • Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, LicPhilRom, LicDroitEurop&Internat, PhD: second language acquisition; interlanguage; individual differences, multilingualism and emotion; sociopragmatics; psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics in foreign language production.
    • Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros, MA, MA, PhD: bilingualism; sociolinguistics; sociolinguistics of French and modern Greek; codeswitching; language contact; tu/vous terms of address; comparisons between linguistics and history of art.
    • Jackie Jia Lou, BA, MSc, PhD: language, space and place; linguistic and semiotic landscapes; urban discourse; transnational migration; sociolinguistic ethnography.
    • Professor Marjorie Lorch, BA, PhD: neurolinguistics; psycholinguistics; cross-linguistic studies of language use and language disorders; brain structure and language behaviour; 19th-century study of the language faculty.
    • Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis, BA, PhD: aphasia; sign language/deaf studies and sociolinguistics; ethnolinguistic vitality; social psychological studies in Cyprus and the autochthonous Greek-Orthodox community of Istanbul; language policy and discourse practices in a London agency of the United Nations; sign language/deaf studies; sociolinguistics of the Greek diaspora; institutional/workplace discourse and identity; English as a global language.
    • Bojana Petric, BA, MA, PhD: academic discourse; genre analysis; source use and citing; academic/professional literacies; disciplinary/interdisciplinary socialisation; EAP/ESP materials and course design; writer voice and identity; writing for international academic publishing; writing development and writing pedagogy; language teacher identity; teacher cognition; language teaching materials; advanced language capacities; qualitative approaches to the study of language learning and teaching.
    • Kazuya Saito, BA, MA, PhD: second language acquisition; second and foreign language teaching; individual differences in second language acquisition; phonetics; speech production.
    • Rachelle Vessey, BA, MA, PhD: language ideologies; language and the media; language policy; discourse analysis; corpus linguistics; Canadian studies.
    • Professor Zhu Hua, BEng, MA, PhD: cross-cultural pragmatics; intercultural communication; acquisition and development of pragmatics in young children; phonological awareness; cross-linguistic studies of phonological development and disorder.