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iPhD Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching (Q100)

This integrated PhD course in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching is ideal for all those looking to either establish and design English language teaching programmes, teach English as a second language, or continue an academic career in language and linguistics education.

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Introducing your degree

This is the course page for iPhD Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of iPhD Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

The IPhD in Applied Linguistics/ELT offers a new route towards a doctorate by incorporating both taught elements and independent doctoral research. Students will gain insights into state-of-the-art knowledge in Applied Linguistics with a focus on English Language Teaching and the relevant research methods through the taught elements of this degree. On successful completion of the taught element, students will be able to focus on one particular area of research to follow through in line with the requirements of a PhD.

The programme is particularly suited to teachers and educationalists with experience, who wish to study for a PhD and feel they would benefit from having a year to become (re-)familiarised with the subject area and relevant research methods.

View the Course Description Document


To Apply

Required supporting documents

  • Application form including a personal statement (the statement should give a clear indication of why you wish to undertake the iPhD programme and what areas of Applied Linguistics you are interested in)
  • Transcript
  • Two pieces of individually authored academic writing
  • Research proposal
  • 2 references
  • English language certification (if relevant)

Key facts

Duration: Up to five years (full-time)

Assessment: Coursework, advanced skills portfolio, thesis (max. 75,000 words), viva voce

Start date: September 

Closing date: three months prior to the start of the programme

Typical entry requirements

Entry requirements: a UK Bachelor degree with upper second class-honours or higher in English, linguistics, modern languages or a related subject. See international equivalent qualifications on in your country page.

Applying: University application form with degree transcripts, two academic references, research proposal and two samples of written work

English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Online application and interview

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Programme structure

Year 1

Core modules: Description of language; Quantitative methods and statistical processes; Research and enquiry in applied linguistics 1 and 2; Second language learning or Language in society.

Three optional modules from: A wide-ranging list of professional and academic modules in applied linguistics and English language teaching.

Years 2 to 4

During year two you will complete an advanced skills portfolio, comprising a range of research and professional skill development activities; in Years 2 to 4 you will also work towards completion of an original research thesis.

Semester 1

Core modules: 

During the academic year you must take ONE of the following CORE modules:

LING6001 Research and English in Applied Linguistics

LING6006 Language and Society OR

LING6005 Second Language Learning OR

LING6014 English as a World Language

Optional Modules:

LING6005 Second Language Learning

LING6006 Language in Society

LING6007 Assessment of Language Proficiency

LING6009 Discourse Analysis

LING6012 Critical Appraisal of Language Teaching Methodologies

Semester 2


Students must complete LING6035 - the iPhD Research Proposal

LING8001 Advanced Skills Portfolio

RESM6102 Research Design and Practice

RESM6303 Qualitative Methods 1

RESM6304 Quantitative Methods I


LING6008 Autonomy and Individualisation in Language Learning

LING6010 Language Teacher Education

LING6011 Writing and Written Language

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUKInternational
Integrated Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching iPhD 2023 Full time £4,596 £18,600
Postgraduate tuition fees

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Postgraduate funding options

Study locations

Avenue Campus

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