Funded PhD Opportunity Technology enhanced Language Learning Strategies

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Subject: Modern Languages and Linguistics


Projects are invited in the area of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), with a specific emphasis on the use of internet technologies within language teaching and learning. Studies must explore how learners interact with technology as part of formal or informal strategies.

Many language teachers and learners are attracted by the affordances of mobile applications and web-based resources for casual and structured language learning. Proposals in this area will focus on the extent to which technology is used as part of planned learning strategies as opposed to ad hoc learning activities, and analyse its impact on L2 acquisition in these contexts i.e. pedagogical design. Case studies may focus on a single language or educational sector, or a number of languages/sectors.

Projects focusing on either Modern Irish or Chinese are particularly welcome.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology
  • Research proposal of 2000 words detailing aims, objectives, milestones and methodology of the project

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • First Class Honours (1st) Degree
  • Masters at 65%
  • For VCRS Awards, Masters at 75%
  • Completion of Masters at a level equivalent to commendation or distinction at Ulster
  • Research project completion within taught Masters degree or MRES
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Experience of presentation of research findings


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 18 February 2019
Interview Date
19 March 2019

Contact Supervisor

Dr Caoimhin O Donaill

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