Unlike many other British research degrees, the Integrated PhD in Education and Communication has a substantial taught and assessed component, as well as a supervised, research-based study element.

This programme is aimed at senior professionals in education and other professional fields, who seek an advanced theoretical and analytical basis for application in their professional practice, for example, health and social care or resource management.


Compulsory modules

HSS8002 Information Skills

HSS8007 The Nature of Explanation and Enquiry

HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative methods

ALT8003 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education OR

ALT8110 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics for Doctoral Students

Specialist modules

You will take 120 credits from the following:

ALT8001 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

ALT8007 E-Learning for Languages

ALT8011 Multimodal Interaction in the Language Classroom

ALT8016 Computer Assisted Language Learning

ALT8041 TESOL Theory and Practice

ALT8084 Introduction to TESOL

ALT8094 Core Issues in Second Language Acquisition

ALT8096 Thinking Skills in ELT

ALT8100 English Writing Systems

ALT8102 Task Based Language Teaching

ALT8104 Classroom Discourse and Teacher Development

ALT8107 Discourse Analysis for English Language Teachers

ALT8108 An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

ALT8110 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics for Doctoral Students

CCC8001 The Social Psychology of Communication

CCC8015 Sociolinguistics

CCC8077 Professional Communication

CCC8086 Language and Cross-Cultural Communication

CCC8087 English in the World; Global and Cross Cultural Issues Surrounding English as a 'Lingua Franca'

CCC8088 Culture, Intercultularity and Identity

SEL8040 Issues in Child Language Development

SML8006 Introduction to Language Acquisition

SML8007 Research Methodology in Language Acquisition

SEL8117 Phonetics and Phonology

SEL8026 Generative Syntax

SEL8034 Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics

SEL8163 The Sociolinguistics of Language and Society

University requirements

Program requirements


An upper-second-class Honours degree and a master's degree with at least 60%, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-sections), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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