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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

PhD in Applied Linguistics are offered in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics. These degrees are co-ordinated by Professor Adrian Holliday, who is also Head of The Graduate College, which provides cross-institutional support and facilities for research students within an interdisciplinary community.

Why Applied Linguistics?

We have:

  • a major emphasis on critical qualitative research into social and cultural issues in language education and intercultural communication, and interest in grammar, discourse and pragmatics
  • a small friendly community of about ten full-time and twelve part-time students

Our PhD students range from novice to accomplished professionals or academics from across the world. 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.

Many of our PhD graduates hold posts in universities in the UK, Hong Kong, Uganda, Iran, the UAE, Kuwait, Mexico, China, and the US. In a significant number of cases they have acquired university positions or promotions to senior university posts as a result of gaining their PhD.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a BA/BSc degree in a relevant subject at 2:2 or above.

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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