Research degrees
Research areas
Languages and applied linguistics
Language and policy

Language and policy

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 policy is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster within the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics. English has become the lingua franca of academic and commercial life across the entire world. What are the implications of this for individuals and organisations who find themselves increasingly obliged to operate in English? What new theories and methodologies might be needed to explore how language and policy interconnect?

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

  • Language and language policy
  • World Englishes
  • The impact of Englishisation on academic development
  • Attitudes shaping foreign language policy in the UK
  • English and the internationalisation of higher education

Current/recent research projects

  • Englishisation of higher education: policy and practice
  • Second language acquisition in primary school
  • An analysis of designing a speaking test for the Secondary School Certificate examination in Bangladesh
  • Englishisation and writing for academic publication
  • Linguistic policy and practice in call centres

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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