The Centre provides research training in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and language & ethnography that has been recognized for its quality by the Economic and Social Research Council. This training is designed for language professionals, for students with a first degree in linguistics, and for doctoral and established researchers across the social sciences.
On several of our MA programmes (MA in Language & Cultural Diversity, and MA in Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching (ELT), the study of your specialist subject matter is combined with training in research methodology.
First year MPhil/PhD students receive comprehensive foundation methods training within the Department of Education & Professional Studies, and a very wide range of advanced courses in research methodology are available through the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (KISS DTC). In addition to these taught courses, our research seminars provide support for new researchers and give them opportunities to interact with national and international research leaders. For application information, visit our site on how to apply for a place on our research degree programmes.
For social scientists interested in developing their skills in the analysis of discourse, we run a range of short courses through KISS DTC - ‘Narrative analysis’, ‘Critical discourse analysis’, ‘Researching communication on social media’, and ‘Researching digital text’. You can find out more about these through the KISS DTC training pages, where there is also information about our summer school on ‘Ethnography, language & communication’