About us

The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham is a world-leading centre of excellence for both teaching and research in English Language and Applied Linguistics.

We run a very popular BA programme in English Language which reflects the department’s distinctive research strengths. We also run internationally-renowned MA and PhD programmes in Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Translation Studies. Our postgraduate programmes are offered both on campus and via Distance Learning, and on our Distance Learning programmes we have students in over fifty countries.

The department has an excellent track record in teaching and an active research culture that emphasises excellent publications, productive collaboration within and beyond the University, and wide-ranging public engagement.

Staff in the department research, publish and teach across a wide range of English Language and Applied Linguistics research areas, including corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and English Language Teaching. They have particularly strong teaching and research interests in corpus research, discourse analysis, stylistics, English language teaching, applied linguistics, everyday creativity, metaphor, multimodality, new media, historical linguistics, and the politics of English Language.