Postgraduate Opportunities in English Language and Applied Linguistics

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer-holders about the postgraduate programmes available in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics.

The Department is a world-leading centre of excellence for both teaching and research in English Language and Applied Linguistics. Staff in the department research, publish and teach across a wide range of English Language and Applied Linguistics research areas, including corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and English Language Teaching.

Dr Crayton Walker (Lecturer in Applied Linguistics), Dr Paul Thompson (Senior Lecturer and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies), Bob Holland and Roxanne McLean-Evans (member of the postgraduate recruitment team at the College of Arts and Law) are available between 12:00-13:00 for the Live Q&A to answer any questions you might have about the courses and studying in the department.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the English Language and Applied Linguistics department. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the department via our online platform.

More information about postgraduate study in the Department

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Crayton Walker

    Crayton is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and Director of Distance Learning Programmes for the Department. (Live Q&A 12:00 - 13:00)

  • Dr Paul Thompson

    Paul is a Senior Lecturer and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. (Live Q&A 12:00 - 13:00)

  • Robert Holland

    Robert is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and convenor of campus-based taught programmes for the Department. (Live Q&A 12:00 - 13:00)

  • Roxanne McLean-Evans

    Roxanne is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 12:00 - 13:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in English Language and Applied Linguistics live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Victoria asked:

When applying for a Masters programme, do we need to provide proof of secondary school qualifications such as GCSE’s and A-levels, along with proof of our degree?

Robert Holland replied:

Hi Victoria.

Generally not – no. The key thing is that you provide proof of a first degree, in a relevant subject, and to the required standard. There are some application guidance notes on our website which also provide more detail on the documents required.

Alina asked:

Thank you for your answer, Dr Thompson. I am interested in contrastive research (Arabic and English) in the context of SLA.

Paul Thompson replied:

Thanks for the response, Alina. There is a large body of research literature in SLA and it involves a good understanding of linguistics and other fields of research. How well-grounded do you feel that you are in the literature? If you are confident of your knowledge of relevant literature then I suggest that you need to display that in your proposal, but if not then I suggest that you consider doing an MA in applied linguistics (perhaps an MA by Research, which you can convert into a PhD at a later stage).

Andrew asked:

Hello! I have been considering the distance PhD program for quite a while now and have been trying to work out how to cover the tuition costs, were I to be accepted into the program. Are there any funding opportunities for students who are studying through the distance program?

Roxanne replied:

Hi Andrew,

The College of Arts and Law offers distance learning research scholarships, which applicants to the English Language distance learning PhD programme would be eligible to apply for. Please note that this year’s deadline is Friday 1 March, and a funding application must be accompanied by an application to study.

I hope this helps,


Silvia asked:

Is it possible to teach undergraduate students while getting a PhD?

Paul Thompson replied:

It is possible. All PhD students are entitled to apply to work as Postgraduate Teaching Assistants, once they are registered. We cannot, of course, guarantee that you will be employed but it certainly is possible.

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in English Language and Linguistics typically work as seminar leaders for undergraduate modules.