The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in the topics we supervise and in many of the modules offered on our degree schemes.

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Research students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their theses, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC), a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students.

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Our director of postgraduate research is Prof Jim Milton (