Research degrees
Research areas
Languages and applied linguistics
Language and globalisation

Language and globalisation

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD or Professional doctorate PhD:
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
October November to January
PhD or Professional doctorate
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Professional doctorate:
Part time: 4–8 years
Start dates
Application period
November to January

Language and globalisation is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster. Globalisation can be understood broadly as a set of major technological, political, economic, technological and socio-cultural changes which have intensified over recent decades and made the world more interconnected, both physically and virtually.

Questions we seek answers to include: How are issues around language and communication affected by processes of globalisation? What role do language and communication play in processes of globalisation? What is the relationship between globalisation and practices such as multilingualism and translanguaging? What discourses – ways of talking and writing about these issues – circulate in the public and private spheres? What can we learn about globalisation by looking at contemporary linguistic and communicative practices, including those involving the internet and social media? What new theories are needed – if any – to account for the complexity of communication in the globalised world?

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an MA or research methods training at MA level (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • The role of English in non-English-dominant contexts
  • Language policy and practice in a globalised world
  • Language learning and multilingualism
  • English for development purposes
  • English in global knowledge production

Current/recent research projects

  • The increasing role of English in global higher education, scholarship and science
  • English-medium instruction in schools in Ghana and India
  • Academic writing for publication in a global context
  • English Studies in global higher education contexts

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

PhD fees

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,596 per year Full time: £11,666 per year
Part time: £2,298 per year Part time: £5,833 per year

Professional doctorate fees

UK fee International fee
Part time: £3,499 per year Part time: £8,885 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership or The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

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If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Inma Álvarez, Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659169

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