PhD English

Program Description

PhD (English) is a three years program consisting of one-year coursework and two years of research. The program has pathways to English Literature and Applied Linguistics with aims to broaden and deepen researchers’ knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic of study. The PhD program is for those who are eager to make substantial and original contributions to the development of knowledge in English literature and applied linguistics. The prime focus is on the interplay between the multi-dimensional researches within these two areas. Exploration of the nexus between theory and practice begins with the six taught courses that will develop students’ capability to perceive critical issues facing applied linguists and English literature. This broad foundation will enable students to hone their specific interests towards the conduct of supervised research that will make an original contribution to their fields.

Program Objectives

PhD English is a perfect choice for those who have a keen research interest in the areas of English Literature and Applied Linguistics. The objectives of these two pathways are to:

  • Broaden and deepen students’ research skills in their respective areas.
  • Produce scholars of English language and literature who are familiar with modern research theories and practices.
  • Preparing and submitting material for research and publications.
  • Study in-depth and reflect critically upon an aspect of the research method relevant to the dissertation topic.
  • Carry out systematic research into the primary, critical and theoretical literature relevant to the dissertation topic.
  • Develop an independent dissertation project.

Entry Requirements for the Program

Graduates holding MPhil English, MPhil English Language Teaching (ELT), MPhil Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Language (TESOL), MPhil Linguistics/Applied Linguistics or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the HEC, with minimum 3.00 CGPA, are eligible to apply. Additional qualifications such as a relevant post-graduate diploma or teaching experience in the relevant field will be given preference.

  • Candidates will be required to submit an original and robust research proposal in the field of English Literature or Applied Linguistics.
  • Applicants are required to give a written admission test.
  • Successful candidates will be required to follow up in an interview.
  • The selected applicants will be recommended for admission.