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LSS Research Degree Programmes

Research Students in the School of Languages and Social Sciences study either for a PhD or an MPhil. Both degrees can be pursued full-time or part-time. For the English Applied Linguistics, Modern Languages and Translation Studies subjects the School also offers a Distance Learning Research Degree programme. More information on these programmes including tuition fees and how to apply can be found via the following links:


Please note: the Distance Learning Research Degree programme for Forensic Linguistics is currently full.


Further information

The Research Degree programme is governed by Aston University's General Regulations for Degrees by Research and Thesis
Student Charter for all postgraduate research students, including those who study off campus.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers the following research degrees:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The degree of Master of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose postgraduate research work represents a contribution to knowledge and shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field. The work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical, literary and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of adequate analysis and discussion of results.

Master’s degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated (Level 7, QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications):

i a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice

ii a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship

iii originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline

iv conceptual understanding that enables the student:

  • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
  • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose postgraduate research work represents a substantial original contribution to knowledge, shows a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in the field and contains publishable elements. The work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical, literary and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of adequate analysis and discussion of results.

Doctoral degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated (Level 8, QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications):

i the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication

ii a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice

iii the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems

iv a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

The School of Languages and Social Sciences has funded a number of research degrees. Details of any future funding opportunities will be made available through this webpage.


For a selection of current LSS research student profiles please click here.
For a list of successful PhDs in LSS please click here.
Mr Dan Thomson, LSS Research Manager 
Email: lss_research@aston.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3972
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Research Centres

Research Centres

Research Projects

Research Projects