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Professional Doctorate in English Language Education and English Literature

The Professional Doctorate Programme offers English language professionals an opportunity to gain a research qualification at doctoral level linked to their area of work or professional expertise.

A professional doctorate is equivalent to a more traditional PhD by Research in terms of the original contribution to knowledge a candidate is expected to make in a given field, but it involves a taught part in addition to the advanced research each student undertakes.

Students on this programme complete six modules covering the areas English language education, literature and linguistics, before embarking on a research project related to their professional interests and experience.

Graduates of the programme are awarded the title Doctor of English Language Education (DELE).


Interested in applying?
Please send an expression of interest email along with your CV to Dr Thomas Jansen: t.jansen@uwtsd.ac.uk

International/overseas students
If you are an international/overseas student and have questions about the application and visa process, please visit our International Applications and Admissions page or contact international.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Open Days Applications and Admissions Request Information
Contact Email: j.clapham@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Dr Jessica Clapham

£8,000 per annum (Years 1,2 & 3)
£15,000 per annum (Years 1,2 & 3)

Why choose this course?

  1. Career progression through a doctoral degree related to your professional experience
  2. Possibility to maintain professional commitments
  3. Taught modules covering key areas of English Language Education
  4. Strong links between research and practical application

What you will learn

Course Overview

During the taught part (Part 1, Year 1) of the programme, a student studies six modules covering English language education, literature and linguistics.

All modules are worth 30 credits (180 credits in total) and are assessed through coursework assignments.

Part 2 of the programme (worth 360 credits) is a period of supervised advanced research (Years 2 and 3) leading to the submission of a research portfolio, including a research dissertation of 60,000 words, at the end of Year 3.

Module Topics

Part I

  • Building Small Worlds: The Short Story in English (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition (30 credits; compulsory)
  • English Language Teacher Education (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Key Issues in Linguistics (30 credits; optional)
  • Language Variation and Change (30 credits; optional)
  • Literary Research Methods and Approaches (15 credits; optional)
  • Theoretical Approaches to Texts (15 credits; optional)
  • Thesis Proposal (15 credits; compulsory)
  • The Child in Time: Representation of the Child in Modern Literature (30 credits; optional)
  • Visions of Society: Spectres of Modernity in Romantic and Victorian Literature (30 credits; optional).

Part II

  • Research Portfolio (360 credits; compulsory).

All modules are assessed through a variety of coursework assignments which may include essays, presentations, textual analysis and exercises, book reviews, case studies and other assignments.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

The normal minimum entry requirement for applicants for the degree of Professional Doctorate is an upper second class honours degree or a Master’s degree relevant to the proposed programme awarded by a UK or other recognised University or higher education institution, or by the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA).

At least three years of recent and relevant work experience are desirable. Every application will be assessed on its own merits.

English Language Requirements for International Students: 

IELTS equivalent of 6.0 or higher overall with all component parts at 5.5 or higher. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme have a wide range of career opportunities, including

  • Teaching in Higher Education
  • teaching English as a second language
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Media and communications, journalism
  • Publishing 

The University’s Careers Service provides specialist support to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities during the course and after graduation.

Additional Costs

Extra costs to be borne by the student
As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional. 

Field trips and placement costs
Field trips may be offered to students, which are optional. Costs for UK trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year. Students undertaking placements will incur travel, living and possibly accommodation costs. 

Research costs
Costs related to the research thesis in Part 2 of the programme have to be borne by the student. The University operates several scholarships and bursary schemes to help cover research costs.

Bursary / Scholarship Information
  • Please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries pages for more information.
  • (Overseas bursaries are also available to those who apply via our East Asia Office)