A first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent.
Before you apply
If you're interested in studying for a PhD or MPhil in Applied Linguistics, the first thing you need to do is to find out if there’s a supervisor available to oversee your studies.
Next, you'll need your research proposal. Download our guidelines on writing your PhD proposal.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and certificates of all degrees
- proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
- two references, one of which must be academic
- funding or scholarship information
- research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated
By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.
When applying, you'll be asked to upload:
- your research proposal
- scans of degree certificates/transcripts
- two academic reference letters (If it would be easier for you, you can ask your referees to send their letters direct to firstname.lastname@example.org placing your name and the word "reference" in the subject line)
- confirmation of funding
If you're an international applicant and don’t have a Masters degree from a UK University (or a University where the primary medium of instruction is English), you will also be required to provide an IELTS certificate (overall band score of 6.5 with no individual test score below 5.5).
Most PhD students start in October, so they move forward as one cohort, but you can start at any time of year (people often have to defer until they find funding.) Keep an eye on our funding databases for any forthcoming Strathclyde research studentship opportunities:
You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself. In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from our School of Psychological Sciences and Health to refine it.
If your chosen supervisor if available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.
When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.
Accepting an offer
When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.
UK or EU students
If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.