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Doctorate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Research)

Course Description

New for 2016, the PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique programme, offered at the University of Stirling. This ground-breaking programme will develop your research skills to a professional level, which is characteristic of a PhD degree, and support your learning through seven modules, a feature of taught doctorates. During your time at Stirling, your learning will be facilitated by tutors who have extensive expertise in TESOL, research methods and/or educational theories.

This is a novel PhD programme across the UK, which is entirely dedicated to TESOL Research. If you are interested in investigating language use, teaching and/or learning, this PhD programme will be of interest to you. The PhD will challenge the boundaries of your academic knowledge and will be a rewarding experience both personally and professionally.

Key information

-Degree type: PhD.
-Study methods: Part time, full time. Campus based.
-Duration: 3-4 years, full time. 5-8 years, part time.
-Start date: January (part-time students) or September (part- and full-time students).
-Course Director: Dr Vander Viana.
-Location: Stirling Campus.

Course objectives

This unique PhD programme provides you with an ideal opportunity to develop your knowledge and research skills in TESOL in a multicultural environment. It 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.

As a student on the programme, you will have the chance to investigate a topic of your choice in a systematic and thorough way. You will have access to numerous options for further development offered by the Stirling Graduate School and by the Faculty of Social Sciences. TESOL students are also invited to our reading group meetings as well as to our English Language Teaching and Research (ELTR) events, which are delivered by leading researchers/professionals.

On completion, you will 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, and is able to make a contribution to scholarly knowledge and professional practice.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is a large interdisciplinary unit, combining teaching and research interests in: Dementia; Education; Housing Studies; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work. We offer an established, research-led suite of taught postgraduate courses, including our world renowned Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) courses, ESRC-recognised courses in Social Research and diverse Doctoral opportunities.

Our externally accredited professional courses, such as Educational Leadership, Housing Studies and Social Work Studies, are designed to best equip our students with practical and transferable knowledge for the complex demands of professional practice. The Faculty is home to a vibrant and diverse community of academics and postgraduate students, where creative thinking and independent spirit is promoted and celebrated.

Other admission requirements

Irrespective of your academic background, you are expected to have excellent language and numeracy skills and a willingness to engage in depth and breadth with the research field in TESOL.

If English is not your first language, you should usually have one of the following minimum qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each of the skills.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade B.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade A.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 67 with a minimum of 60 in each of the four skills.
-IBT TOEFL: 100 with a minimum of 20 in each of the four skills.

For more information go to English language requirements: http://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the Doctorate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Research) page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to the PhD in TESOL Research, you should usually have a minimum of a Master’s degree in TESOL, (Applied) Linguistics, Languages or cognate subject (60% average or above) from a university in the United Kingdom (UK) or elsewhere (provided that the degree levels are comparable those in the UK). We also welcome enquiries from you if you do not have this formal qualification but have relevant research experience through your professional practice. In this case, you will be asked to undertake a task to demonstrate your research skills. See course description for further admission details.

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