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PhD TESOL Research

The PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique course helping you to develop your research skills to a professional level and supporting your learning through taught modules.

Key facts

  • Award PhD
  • Start date September (all students) or January (part-time students)
  • Duration PhD full-time: 36 to 48 months, PhD part-time: 60 to 96 months
  • Mode of study Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Download course leaflet

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This PhD course is entirely dedicated to TESOL Research. This doctorate will be of interest to those who have a background in languages, linguistics, applied linguistics, or a related field as well as to language teaching practitioners who have a keen interest in research.

This course will develop your research skills and set you on the path to becoming an autonomous researcher. The PhD is a significant qualification which will mark you out as an expert researcher in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. You’ll achieve new skills in understanding complex matters, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, increase your confidence as a researcher and expand your knowledge of the field while also enjoying the PhD experience.

We’ll support you throughout your time on the PhD TESOL Research. Before embarking on your thesis investigation, the course will foster your research skills development through seven taught modules on TESOL, research methods and educational theories. Our PhD in TESOL Research will provide you with an opportunity to go beyond what would be required from a Masters of Research (MRes) and an Educational Doctorate (EdD) in that you’ll produce a more substantial 60,000-word thesis.

The academic environment at the University of Stirling will not only give you freedom and challenges, but it will also provide you with numerous chances for intellectual debate with fellow experts. Your PhD journey will shape your future like no other qualification – academically, professionally and personally.

By graduation you’ll be a well-rounded professional researcher who:

  • has knowledge of the wider educational field
  • is proficient in the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • has the skills needed to research any area within TESOL
  • is able to make a contribution to scholarly knowledge and professional practice

Top reasons to study with us

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Educational research at the University of Stirling had the highest quality of research outputs of any Scottish university, with 100% classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our expert teaching team are on hand to introduce you to cutting-edge empirical and theoretical research in a multi-disciplinary and professional environment.

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