PhD in English Literature

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: English Literature and Criticism

The Department of English offers a Ph.D. program in English Literature and Criticism. This program offers students a variety of opportunities to study in all major areas of British and American literature including prose, poetry, fiction, short story and drama starting from the Renaissance up to post-colonial / post-modern literature. The program also includes other areas of studies such as comparative literature, world literature in English translations and critical theories applied to award-winning literary texts. On the academic paradigm, the Ph.D. program is designed to offer a comprehensive and intellectually challenging program for students who desire to be writers, proof-readers, critics, literary scholars, university professors, and professional leaders. Upon completion of the minimum course requirements, students are expected to receive a broad knowledge of English literature, Criticism, and Theory. Our faculty have been trained at premier research institutions throughout North America and Europe and are accomplished teachers and scholars. Doctoral students are supervised and supported from the beginning of the program, through thesis development, to dissertation defense and beyond.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: English Language

The Department of English Literature offers a Ph.D. program in English Language. This program offers students opportunities to critically examine the English Language as lingua franca exploring issues of multi-lingual and multi-cultural significance related to the historical context of the English Language as a global tongue. Students are also expected to study language theories separately or apply them to literary/cultural texts. The program aims to provide Ph.D. candidates with a broad knowledge in the field of English language studies including writing / reading theories and stylistics emphasizing students’ academic and professional potential. Students will be trained to conduct innovative scholarly and critical work in different language contexts in order to prepare them for future careers in a huge job market which requires distinction and excellence in language skills. Our faculty have been trained at premier research institutions throughout North America and Europe and are accomplished teachers and scholars. Doctoral students are supervised and supported from the beginning of the program, through thesis development, to dissertation defense and beyond.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Perform and defend an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Demonstrate insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Ph.D. Scholarship (All Nationalities) Full-Time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Scholarship” is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain GPA of ≥ 3.3 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester) at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be available at UAEU full-time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Fellowship (All Nationalities) Full-Time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Fellowship” is to recruit high achieving graduate students in certain majors at UAEU and provide them with full and continuous financial support to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.3/4.0 in Master degree.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • Have no employment or other financial sponsorship.
  • Have a dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

a) Full Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Monthly Stipend:
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

b) Basic Package:

  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Health insurance (if needed).
  • Additional work (optional) as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 20 hours per week upon availability by the College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 4,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ≥ 3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester).
  • Be available at UAEU full time.
  • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours/week as the following:
    • During the first 3 semesters of active enrollment: 35 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 5 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).
    • After 3 semesters of active enrollment: 30 hours/week on courses and/or research project + 10 hours/week as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA).

Ph.D. Tuition Payer (All Nationalities) Part-time or Full-time

The purpose of the “Ph.D. Tuition Payer” option is to recruit high achieving graduate students who are employed and wish to pursue their graduate studies at UAEU on a part-time basis.

Student Eligibility

  • Have a GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0 in Master degree.
  • Pay the tuition fees of the Ph.D. program.
  • Prefer to have the dissertation in one of the UAE priority sectors(Renewable Energy, Transportation, Education, Health, Water, Technology, Space).
  • Meet the Ph.D. admission requirements.

Benefits

  • Optional work as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or Graduate Administrative Assistant (GAA) up to 10 hours per week upon availability by College or College of Graduate Studies (up to AED 2,000).
  • Extra Bonus:
    • Up to AED 3,000 from supervisor’s external research project, or
    • Up to AED 2,000 from supervisor’s internal research project.

Duration

4 - 6 years

Duties and Expectations

  • Maintain a GPA of ≥ 3.0 at the Ph.D. level.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits/semester.
  • The applicant can be an employee and work outside of UAE University.
  • The applicant can have external financial sponsorship from any organization.

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Last updated September 2019

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