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Pre-Application stage

In order to determine whether our PhD Programme is the right fit for you, and what kind of supervision and financial support might be appropriate please consult this webpage (below) and the School page.

The Department is interested in receiving applications in a wide range of Applied Linguistics Areas (please note: currently we do not offer supervision in TESOL or ELT topics). Particular research strengths are focused on the study of institutional communication (for example, health and science communication), the relationships between politics, language and culture, and electronic communication (see the list of potential supervisors below).

If you have any questions about the application process contact Ms. Sharon Bernor ( Before making a formal application, you are advised to consult a potential supervisor directly with a draft research proposal. 

Students who are not already familiar with the UK system of research-only PhDs should spend some time familiarizing themselves with the information for current students  before making a decision to apply.

The Application

For details of how to apply, see the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film's Postgraduate Studies page. Please read all this information carefully.

Your application must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Transcripts
  3. Proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries
  4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  5. A research proposal  (see your research proposal for detailed advice on putting this statement together)
  6. A one-side A4 statement of purpose. This should set out your previous academic or other experience relevant to the proposed research; why you wish to undertake this research at Queen Mary; your previous research or professional training and what further training you think you will need to complete a PhD; and what ethical issues you will need to consider in undertaking this research
  7. Two references. Please provide the contact details of two referees.

Students should consider the research interests and expertise of a potential advisor carefully and ensure their research proposals are appropriate for the supervisor(s) they approach. Proposals which do not meet this criteria will not be seriously considered. It is therefore essential to make it very clear in your proposal and your statement that you have discussed your proposal with a potential supervisor. Note that indication of interest on the part of a potential supervisor does NOT guarantee acceptance into the programme. Admissions decisions are made by a panel, and take into account all elements of your application dossier.

For more information about applying for postgraduate study in the School, please contact:

Postgraduate Studies

Tel: +44 20 7882 8332


Potential Supervisors

You can choose a supervisor from any one of the following staff members, who between them cover a range of Applied Linguistics topics. It is essential to contact a possible supervisor to discuss your proposed PhD project before you apply for admission. We cannot accept students who do not have a confirmed supervisor. If you submit an application without having first confirmed a supervisor, we will circulate your application amongst staff to see if there is any interest, but this can lead to delays in processing the application, and is not usually successful.

Agnieszka Lyons

multimodal and intersemiotic communication, translanguaging in electronically mediated discourse, self-presentation and textual representation of the body, expression of location and self-positioning in discourse, storyworld construction in communication

Nelya Koteyko

Health communication, media discourse, digital literacies and identities, critical metaphor analysis, corpus assisted discourse analysis

Falco Pfalzgraf

linguistic purism; the influence of English on other languages; text book / school books analysis; the relationships between politics language and culture

Felicity Rash

pragmatics and sociolinguistics within the context of English-language learning, communication theory, discourse analysis and critical metaphor analysis

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