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What will I learn?


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.

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


The taught modules in this ground-breaking PhD in TESOL Research course are delivered on a face-to-face and blended basis. The delivery style such as lectures, workshops and student presentations are carefully selected to suit the module content and your needs.

TESOL students are invited to join the Faculty’s Educational Practice/Theory Research Group and the TESOL Researcher Development Group. TESOL doctoral students are also invited to our English Language Teaching and Research (ELTR) events, which are delivered by leading researchers and professionals.

Which department am I in?

University of Stirling

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
£16,733.00 (US$ 18,132) per year
Full course fee: £50,200

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Stirling


FK9 4LA, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

You should usually have a minimum of a Masters degree in TESOL, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Languages or similar subject from a university in the United Kingdom or elsewhere (provided that the degree levels are comparable to those in the UK). If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills: IELTS Indicator 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-skill; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each sub-skill; Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 overall with a minimum of 180 in each sub-skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 overall with a minimum of 62 in each sub-skill; IBT TOEFL 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Stirling

Stirling offers students a wide range of courses that are highly rated among Scottish and UK universities, along with outstanding graduate prospects.

  • Many courses rated among the top 5 in Scotland
  • Rated 5 stars for teaching, research and employability
  • Ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction
  • Beautiful 330-acre campus site

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