Educational and Applied Linguistics Integrated PhD

Educational and Applied Linguistics Integrated PhD

Full time: 48 months


The Integrated PhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics enables you to gain a critical understanding of Applied Linguistics and apply this to a context of your choice.

We provide an 'academic apprenticeship model' where you’ll be fully supported from being a strong Master's level student to becoming a successful doctoral student and ultimately to a university academic.

This programme has a 1+3 structure. In year 1 (the ‘taught stage’) you’ll take a series of postgraduate modules to help prepare for the doctoral thesis (years 2, 3, 4, the ‘research stage’) and also for a career in higher education. These year 1 modules are focussed on important career skills such as:

  • academic writing for publication
  • teaching in higher education settings
  • research methodology

Additionally, you’ll develop expertise in a broader field of research by taking modules from one of our three research pathways.

  • Social Interaction
  • Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

Each pathway contains modules led by leading experts in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.

At the end of year 1, you’ll undertake a small-scale research project. This is made up of two parts:

  • Empirical Study – designated supervisors will guide you through the process of writing a journal-style article, giving you the experience of writing for a publication. If the study is of publishable quality and scope, you will be encouraged to submit it.
  • Reflective Log - this will give you the opportunity to reflect upon the successes and challenges of undertaking the empirical study, helping you to understand the process better.

If you are successful in year 1 (achieving a pass mark of 60% or above in your modules and research project), you will progress to the research stage of the programme (years 2-4). Guided by a supervisory team, you will undertake your doctoral thesis of approximately 80,000 words relating to one of the research pathways.

Research Pathways

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Training & Skills

Modules for 2019

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

Integrated PhD


Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*


Full time: £4,327*
Part time: £2,164*

*The fees stated above are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for UK/EU students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Once these fees have been confirmed (typically February), we will update this page.


Full time: £17,340

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree with at least 60%, or international equivalent, in a related subject.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Research Pathway and Proposal

Research Pathway

In your application you must clearly indicate the Research Pathway that you wish to enter:

  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Social Interaction

Research Proposal

You must also submit a research proposal of no more than 2,000 words. This must closely relate to the research expertise of at least one member of staff in your pathway. You can view the staff associated with your pathway in the profile tab.

Proposals must contain the following:

  • a clear research methodology (eg Conversation Analysis, Thematic Analysis, Error Analysis etc.)
  • a description of the data set(s) to be collected (eg video recordings, interviews etc.)
  • literature review
  • timeline for the research project

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


Dr Chris Leyland
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics 
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5436