Doctorate in

Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching

Doctorado en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas Doctorado en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas

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Doctorate in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching

Pioneer program in training teachers

Antonio de Nebrija University presents its new Doctorate Programme, called Doctorate in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching, that comes up in a scientific, economic and social context characterized by the need to develop the multilingual competency of citizens.

In this respect, this programme aims to develop a line of research focused on applied linguistics to teaching based on the following subjects: Language acquisition and language learning, Sociolinguistics and Language Pragmatics, Linguistic Policies and their relationship with the learning of second, foreign languages or the bilingual condition, Corpus Linguistics, Evaluation and certification of linguistic competence or Professional application of the multilingual condition.

Access to the Doctorate Programme

Applicants' profile

The criteria to access the Doctorate Programme are described in the following section, and are those set by law to that effect. Therefore, any candidate meeting those criteria should have legal access to the programme. Nevertheless, the recommended profile is defined below, which fits better with the priority research areas defined in the programme:

  • The recommended profile is that which access Doctorate after completing a University Master in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching. Students who have completed the University Master in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language or the University Master in Bilingual Education given at the Department of Applied Languages in Nebrija University, will have access to the programme. as their respective End-of-Master Projects are already aimed to the Doctorate Programme research lines. The programme can also be accessed once completed any official Master in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism and similar qualifications, no matter the university where it has been studied, as long as the end-of-master project has a research approach..
  • A second acceptable profile would be that coming from an official Master in other linguistic subjects, especially if the study area covered in the end-of-master project is similar to those related to our programme. In this case, the candidate can be offered some complementary training in research methodology in applied linguistics according to the lack of skills determined by the Academic Commission of the Doctorate Programme.
  • A third eligible profile would be that coming from qualifications prior to RD 1393/2007 (Graduate). If admitted, the candidate would also have to study those formative complements according to what is set by the Academic Commission of the Doctorate Programme.

Moreover, every candidate for the research period in order to elaborate the doctoral thesis should:

  • Prove the acquisition of the research competencies of the Master in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language (the Master syllabus should be sent in case it was not studied at Nebrija University, altogether with the corresponding academic record and a cover letter from the Master Director/Tutor, and a pdf copy of the end-of-master project.)
  • Show a C1 level in the language object of research (Spanish in the case of Applied Linguistics to Spanish Teaching, and English in the case of Applied Linguistics to English Teaching), and a B2 level in the working language of the formative complements they have to carry out, in case they are required, and other formative activities. In order to accredit a level of linguistic competence, the DELE or SIELE B2/C1 certification exams for Spanish and B2/C1 of any of the official ACLES certificates for English will be valid. In the event that the candidate does not have any of these certificates, they can be evaluated through a level test in Spanish or English carried out by Nebrija University during the admission process.
  • Be called for a personal interview with the academic coordinator of the Doctorate Programme. This interview can be held by video conference for those candidates living abroad.
  • It is highly recommendable, but not indispensable, that candidates to this Doctorate Programme have some teaching experience, especially in foreign language teaching.
Admission requirements and criteria

In general, in order to access an official Doctorate Programme, it is necessary to own an official Spanish qualification/degree or equivalent, and a University Master. Furthermore, those candidates meeting the following cases will be also admitted:

  • a) To own an official Spanish qualification/ degree, or from any other Member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which enables the access to Master studies according to the article 16 of the Royal Decree 1393/2007, of the 29th October, and have passed a minimum 300 ECTS credits in their University official studies, 60 of which must belong to the Master level..
  • b) To own an official Spanish degree qualification with a duration of at least 300 ECTS credits, according to the regulations of the European Community Law. These graduates will have to study mandatory complementary training mentioned in article 7.2 of the RD 99/2011, unless the degree's syllabus includes credits on research training, equivalent in educational value to those research credits belonging to Master studies.
  • c) Those university graduates who, having obtained a seat in the corresponding entrance test to specialized health care training, have been positively assessed for at least two training years in a programme leading to the attainment of an official qualification in any health care speciality.
  • d) To own a qualification gained according to the different foreign education systems with no type approval required, prior verification by the University of an accreditation corresponding to an equivalent training level to that of the Spanish official University Master, which enables access to Doctorate Studies in the issuing country. This admission will not involve the type approval of this prior qualification in the possession of the applicant concerned, nor its recognition for any other case but access to doctoral training.
  • e) To own another Spanish Doctorate qualification, gained according to the above mentioned University regulations.
  • f) To own a bachelor's, engineer or architect degree/qualification, all of them prior to the RD 1393/2007 regulation, according to what is established in the regulations on equivalence of Spanish official degrees prior to those regulated y the Royal Decree 1393/2007, 29th October, pertaining the access to official Doctorate studies, regulated by the RD 99/2011, approved by the Government Commission of Antonio de Nebrija University, on 19th January, 2016.

It has been set the following scale to grant access to the above mentioned Doctorate Programmes:

  • (60%) Curriculum Vitae and pre-doctorate training of the applicant. CV will be especially assessed, altogether with the Master syllabus, the academic record gained in Master studies, and the end-of-master project (or equivalent research project).
  • (20%) Personal interview with the Doctorate Programme Coordinator, in which a justificatory report will be provided by the applicant. The interview will be about the applicant's pre-doctoral academic studies, their training on research methodology, their research and professional experience in the field of language teaching, their research interests, and their skills in the English and/or Spanish languages. This interview could be carried out by telematic means in case the candidate living abroad.
  • (20%) Suitability of the applicant's profile for any of the research areas of the LAELE group (among those included in the OTRI register of research groups), taking into account the applicant's pre-doctoral training and research interests.

Provisional admission resolution 2021-22

  • Completed and signed application
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Certified copy of the graduate degree (or B.A.)*
  • Certified copy of the official Master Degree
  • Certified copy of the Master's syllabus (or similar document)*
  • Copia compulsada del certificado académico del Grado*
  • Copia compulsada del certificado de la universidad de origen que acredite la posibilidad de acceso a estudios de doctorado en su país desde la titulación obtenida (en caso de estudios extranjeros).
  • Photocopy of the ID card (Spaniards) or Passport (international students)
  • A passport-size photo
  • A pdf copy of the end-of-master/Diploma in Advanced Studies project (when applicable)
  • A letter of recommendation (from the end-of-master director or any other person with research experience.)
  • Proof of work activity (in case of application for part-time admission)
  • * In the case of non-European diplomas: "apostille" in documents issued in countries that have signed the Hague Convention or legalization through diplomatic channels, in other cases
    **If the documentation has not been issued in Spanish, it must be accompanied by the corresponding official sworn translation

Send the application with all the documentation by e-mail to [email protected]

Admission and enrollment

Send the completed admission application and claims to [email protected]

  • September 1-23
    Send the completed and signed admission application by email, along with the required documentation of the program.
  • September 26-29
    Notification by email of the provisional decision of those admitted to the doctorate.
  • September 26-29
    Provision of a period of three days, from the notification of the provisional decision of those admitted, to submit any claim by email.
  • Until October 2
    Resolution of claims.
    Email notification of the final list of admitted students.
  • September 26 to October 13
    If you are admitted, send the completed and signed application along with the documentation sent earlier in the admission process, by mail to:

    Universidad Nebrija – Escuela de Doctorado
    Campus de La Berzosa
    28240 Hoyo de Manzanares (Madrid).

    If the required documentation is not provided within the established period, the Doctoral School will proceed to cancel the enrollment application.
  • October 3-28
    Self-enrollment through the Universitas XXI application.
    Send by email ([email protected] and [email protected]) proof of payment corresponding to the registration fees and annual tutelage fees in the doctorate.
    Students who are admitted and do not formalize their enrollment within the period indicated by the Doctoral School will lose their place in the program.
Complementary training
PhD Programs AMOUNT ECTS S/TOTAL 21-22 Training Complements (6 ECTS) Training Complements (12 ECTS)
Doctorate in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching 106 € 636 € 1.272 €

Doctoral candidates with the recommended or acceptable profiles holding the needed qualifications to enrol in this Doctorate Programme and who have been admitted, but without enough specific training on Research Methodology in Applied Linguistics, should fulfil complementary training actions to their previous studies, up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits (between 4 and 12, depending on their profile). This specific complementary training is mandatory for those students who access the Doctorate Programme with a graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS credits, unless the syllabus includes Research Methodology credits equivalent to those of a Master course or those accessing with a B.A. qualification (qualifications prior to RD 1393/2007)

The criteria and procedures applied to assess whether candidates have enough specific training on Research Methodology are the following:

  • Analysis of their curriculum vitae and syllabus from Level 7 studies (Master or Diploma in Advanced Studies).
  • Analysis and valuation of the research methodology carried out by candidates in their end-of-master/diploma project.

Master partial tuition (between 4 and 12 credits) is considered for those candidates without enough previous training on research methodology in Applied Linguistics. According to their previous formation, they will have to complete 4, 8 or 12 credits. Due to its complementary nature, these credits should be fulfilled by students in their first year of their Doctorate studies.

The three subjects proposed as complementary training are the following:

Procedures and Assignment of Tutor and Thesis Director Fees
PhD Programs AMOUNT ECTS S/TOTAL 21-22 Training Complements (6 ECTS) Training Complements (12 ECTS)
Doctorate in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching 106 € 636 € 1.272 €

In each academic year, until the reading of the thesis, the student must renew the registration within the established period.

  • In the first year the PhD student must pay the registration fee and the annual supervision fee:
    • Full-time: €450 registration fee and €1100 annual supervision fee.
    • Part-time: €980 registration fee and €570 annual supervision fee.
  • From the second year until the end of the thesis, you will have to pay the annual supervision fee, full time €1,100 or part time €570.
  • In order to be able to defend the thesis, the PhD student must pay the thesis deposit: €1,600.
  • Issuing of the doctoral degree: €311.

The Doctoral Commission can also be asked annually for partial exemptions from the doctoral fees for doctoral students who actively collaborate in Nebrija research groups, among others.


  • Full-time Students:
    The duration of the doctoral studies will be a maximum of three years, full-time, starting at admission of the doctoral student into the program until the submission of the doctoral thesis. (If after the aforementioned period of three years the thesis has not been submitted, the commission responsible for the program may authorize the extension of this term for one more year, which could exceptionally be extended for another additional year, under the conditions that have been established in the corresponding doctoral program).
  • Part-time Students:
    The academic commission responsible for the doctoral program may authorize the completion of part-time doctoral studies. To apply for this modality, the candidates will have to accredit some work activity. In this case, such studies may have a maximum duration of five years from admission into the program until the submission of the doctoral thesis. (If after the aforementioned deadline the thesis deposit has not been submitted, the commission responsible for the program may authorize the extension for two more years which, also, exceptionally, could be extended for another additional year.)
Research lines
  1. Language acquisition and learning.
  2. Sociolinguistics and language pragmatics.
  3. Language policies and their relationship with the learning of second and foreign languages or acquisition of bilingual status.
  4. Corpus linguistics.
  5. Assessment and certification of linguistic proficiency.
  6. Professional applications of the multilingual status.

The research line of the doctoral program in Linguistics applied to language teaching coincides with the research interests of the LAELE group.


Basic or general skills

  • CB11. Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and research methods related to that field.
  • CB12. Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
  • CB13. Capacity to contribute to expanding the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
  • CB14. Ability to carry out critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • CB15. Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and society at large about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international academic community.
  • CB16. Ability to foster, in academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a knowledge-based society.

Personal aptitudes and skills

  • CA01. Make progress in contexts where there is little specific information.
  • CA02. Find the key questions that need to be answered to solve a complex problem.
  • CA03. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
  • CA04. Work both with a team and autonomously in an international or multidisciplinary context.
  • CA05. Integrate knowledge, address complexity and make judgements with limited information.
  • CA06. Criticism and intellectual defence of solutions.

Other skills

  • OC01. Understand and experiment with appropriate research methodologies to solve questions related to linguistics applied to the teaching of a language.
  • OC02. Innovate in the design of data collection tools and assessment resources for the different individual and contextual variables that influence the process of acquiring communicative language proficiency.
Publication requirements for defending doctoral theses

At least one publication in high impact factor journals in the first three quartiles (Q1, Q2 or Q3) of the list of journals in the area of the Program's specialty in which said thesis is registered and referenced in the last list published by the Journal Citation Reports (SCI and/or SSCI) and/or SCOPUS.

Publications listed in CIRC (Integrated Classification of Scientific Journals) with a grade of A +, A, or B.

Book chapters published by high impact factor publishers. Said publishers must appear in the SPI database (Scholarly Publishers Indicators) or another similar selective database, indicating the publisher’s impact factor and its ranking in the area of the doctorate. Contrasting evidence on the publisher's position and quality must be provided. Other contrasted quality indicators may also be provided (number of citations received, reviews, etc.). The Academic Committee may reject the publication if the publisher’s impact factor is not considered sufficient.

Training activities

PhD students will have to take 125 hours of training, of which 45 hours will be of transversal training (common to all doctoral students of the university) and 80 hours of specific training (of the doctoral program in applied linguistics).

  • Transversal training: the doctoral student will have to perform 16 hours of compulsory activities + 29 hours of elective activities.
  • The 80 hours of specific training are compulsory.

The distribution of the activities in full-time dedication has a decreasing logic and is concentrated in three years, while in the part-time dedication it is distributed over five years of training.

Regulations and Procedures PhD candidate guide Infrastructures, material resources and support services


Dra Juana M. Liceras Dra Juana M. Liceras Susana Martin Dra Susana Martin Leralta Cecilia Ainciburu Dra Maria Cecilia Ainciburu Jon Andoni Dr. D. Jon Andoni Duñabeitia Landaburu Eirini Mavrou Dra Eirini Mavrou
Ocarina Masid Dra Ocarina Masid Blanco Academic coordinator Mercedes Perez Dra Mercedes Perez Serrano Universidad Complutense de Madrid Krys Buyse Dr. Krys Buyse Universidad de Lovaina- Bélgica Manel Lacorte Dr. Manel Lacorte University of Maryland

Collaborating professors

Bega García Viúdez Bega García Viúdez Universidad Nebrija Alice Foucart Dra. Alice Foucart Cristina Herrero Cristina Herrero Fernández Universidad Nebrija
Margarita Planelles Almeida Margarita Planelles Almeida Universidad Nebrija Rocío Santamaría Martínez Rocío Santamaría Martínez Universidad Nebrija

Academic committee

Definition and structure

The Academic Committee of the doctoral program is made up of:

  • The coordinator of the Doctorate program, who will act as chairperson: Dr. Ocarina Masid Blanco.
  • A professor-researcher assigned to the doctorate program, chosen by the coordinator, who will act as Secretary: Dra. Susana Martin Leralta.
  • At least one other professor-researcher assigned to the doctoral program: Dr. Eirini Mavrou.

All members of the Committee will have a Doctorate degree and will be part of the research team of the doctoral program's verified report.

Research profile

Research group in Linguistics Applied to the Teaching of Foreign Languages (LAELE)

Contact details

Job Placement

Main career pathways

Most of the doctors completing the Applied Linguistics programme become academics and researchers at Spanish and international universities.

Universities where doctors graduating from the Universidad Nebrija are currently working

  • Università di Siena, Italia.
  • Università degli Studi 'G. d'Annunzio' di Chieti-Pescara, Italia.
  • Universidad Nebrija, Madrid.
  • University of East Anglia.
  • Universidad del País Vasco, Dpto. de Filología Vasca.
  • Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages (Kaohsiung City, Taiwan).
  • Universidad Tor Vergata.
  • Southern Utah University, EE.UU.
  • Columbia University.
  • Escuela de Comunicación ISCOM y Escuela de Comercio PYGYER.
  • Universidad LMU de Múnich.
  • Universidad Nacional y Kapodistriaca de Atenas.
  • Universidad L'Orientale de NapolesItalia.
  • Universidad de Trento, Facultad Filosofía y Letras, Italia.
  • Isla Campus Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Universidad Constantin Brancoveanu, ciudad Pitesti.
  • Universidad Paris-Sorbonne en Abu Dhabi, Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
  • Universidad de Showa, Japón.
  • Universidad de Washington.
  • Universidad de Lund, Sundsgymnasiet.


Pontifical Xavierian University of Bogotá
  • Collaboration agreement for inter-institutional research.
Shanghai International Studies University (China)
  • Academic collaboration and exchange agreement.
Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages (Taiwan)
  • General collaboration agreement in teaching and research.
Nanging Normal University (China)
  • Academic collaboration and exchange agreement.
Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil)
  • Academic collaboration and exchange agreement.
State University of Brazil (Brazil)
  • International joint supervision agreement
UK Leuven University (Belgium)
  • International joint supervision agreement.
Dra Ocarina Masid Blanco CONTACT

Dra Ocarina Masid Blanco

Coordinator of the Doctorate in Applied Linguistics [email protected]

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