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LING6035 iPhD Research Proposal Linguistics

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the topic you have selected in your chosen field of study;
  • relevant theoretical approaches applicable to your topic;
  • research design and techniques appropriate for your topic;
  • scholarly and policy debates relating to your topic.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of specific, as well as general, research skills, such as information retrieval and library searches and the use of a range of empirical fieldwork techniques;
  • use information technology appropriately to support and present your research
  • compose under deadline conditions an extended piece of writing which is logically structured, coherently argued, and clearly written, supported by a detailed bibliography;
  • demonstrate interpersonal skills whilst working with others in the investigation of problems, and in the presentation of arguments and evidence;
  • understand ethical and legal issues involved in applied linguistics research.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically assess some previous work on your chosen subject;
  • design an empirical research project in applied linguistics/English Language Teaching;
  • demonstrate originality of thought and approach which moves beyond a simple synthesis of secondary materials.


The PhD proposal is an extended piece of work of 4,500 words, outlining the research questions and methodology for an independent PhD project.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You learn primarily through research and independent study, accompanied by group meetings with the module coordinator and the PGR discussion group co-ordinator and individual tutorials with your PhD proposal supervisor. Group meetings provide a forum for discussion of possible topics and for addressing issues of common concern regarding project design. Individual supervisions address the scope of the project and design and methodology for investigation of the topic, and the structure of the proposal. Later meetings require you to have prepared a written section which will be discussed.

Independent Study144
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Walliman, N 2001 Your Research Project: A step by step guide for the first-time researcher. SAGE Publications.. 

Brown, J D and Rodgers, T S 2002 Doing Second Language Research. Oxford University Press.. 

Richards, K. 2003. Qualitative Inquiry in TESOL. Palgrave Macmillan.. 

Bell, J 1999 Doing Your Research Project: A guide for first-time researchers in education and social science. 3rd Edition. Open University Press.. 

Richards, K., Ross, S., & Seedhouse, P. 2012. Research Methods for Applied Language Study. Routledge Scholfield, P 1995 Quantifying Language. Multilingual Matters.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (4500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (5000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No additional costs have been associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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