Course Description

Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics



This doctoral programme in Applied Linguistics is a four-year, full-time programme which includes a combination of taught modules (in Year 1 of the programme) and individual research, the principal component being the doctoral thesis. In tandem with the doctoral thesis, this programme aims to enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.

Key Features

The taught component of the Structured PhD in Applied Linguistics (PhD AL) aims to provide a broad-based course of study in language description (language systems: grammar, lexis and phonology), theories of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, frameworks for the study of discourse, as well as specialist research skills for the empirical analysis of language in context. Specifically, it aims to:

  • Enhance the professional knowledge of language teachers and language professionals by focusing on the core features of language as a system (grammar, lexis and phonology), language learning and acquisition, as well as language in its broader societal context.
  • Develop students’ ability to utilise theoretical frameworks for the analysis of discourse to address specific language-related real-world problems concerning the learning, use, teaching and assessment of language;
  • Promote an in-depth understanding of the key issues and debates in the field of Applied Linguistics;
  • Develop specialist skills in the empirical analysis of language in context using corpus linguistics and other digital tools.

The taught modules will be offered in a face-to-face environment and blended learning will be used to offer flexibility for learners.

CollegeMary Immaculate College
Course LocationLimerick
Course CategoryLanguages
Course DurationFour year full time PhD
Course FeePOA
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South Circular Road Limerick City, Limerick City, Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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