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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

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Course Summary

This degree is offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. We have a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education and intercultural communication, and also interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics; a small friendly community of about ten full-time and twelve part-time students; a strong pastoral ethos, where full-time students can see their supervisors regularly and part-time students can have regular email contact;

Many of them are part-time students and manage to do their research while conducting busy professional schedules. Their places of work are the bases for the data collection. During the interview candidates should be able to demonstrate: a basic understanding of research methodology (e.g. the difference between and the limitations of qualitative and quantitative methods); that the research topic has sufficient breadth and depth to sustain three to four years of investigation and a thesis of 80-100,000 words; how and where data can be realistically collected; sufficient drive and determination to sustain extended self-directed study.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Christ Church University | 2 years | SEP

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Full time


2 years

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Entry requirements

Student’s need a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject; an excellent research proposal; All candidates must have successfully completed an English-medium course of study with a substantial research element. A British master’s degree is often preferred as evidence of experience in research within the British system. The majority of students in TESOL also have professional experience.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern, multi-campus University offering higher and professional education. The university has several campuses and centres which are based in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, One of only a handful of universities in the UK to be situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has a strong community of 17,000 students and 2,000 staff. They have four academic...more

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