Doctorate Degrees in Language Studies

Compare 14 PhD Programs in Language Studies

A PhD is a postgraduate degree that many students pursue after obtaining a master’s degree. Depending on the specific program, academic institution, and full or part-time schedule, it may take anywhere from three to six years or more to complete.

What is a PhD in Language Studies? A PhD in Language Studies offers an advanced education in the structure and practice of languages. Depending on the focus, this degree may ensure participants’ fluency in a foreign language. Students study, research and analyze areas such as linguistics, literature, translations and literacy before submitting and defending a thesis or dissertation pertaining to their field of concentration.

Participants in such a program learn more than the particulars of language studies. They also often acquire skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and research and analysis. These skills can be used within the workplace as well as in their personal lives.

The cost of obtaining a PhD in Language Studies differs from school to school. The type of program and country from where it is earned can affect pricing. Students should contact the admissions offices of prospective institutions to form realistic expectations of program costs.

After earning this degree, students often pursue a variety of career opportunities that may range from local to international levels. Many choose a position in academia as a researcher or university professor. Others become writers, translators or bilingual lexicographers. Some decide to work in government, marketing, media or speech and language therapy. Other possible positions include forensic linguists, journalists, librarians or logistics officers.

There are a number of schools and locations from which to earn this postgraduate degree, and many offer convenient distance-learning options for students who need more flexibility in their schedules. To find the best option for you, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Applied Linguistics

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Flagstaff

The Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University is designed to prepare future professors, researchers and teacher trainers to work independently and in leadership positions with the learning and teaching of second languages, the analysis of language, and the design of language-related research. [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. Pursue a diverse range of issues in preparation for your career as a researcher, teacher trainer, or leader in fields related to teaching and learning second languages, including: Corpus linguistics Grammar and vocabulary Grammatical variation Language planning and policy Language testing and program evaluation Pragmatics Quantitative research methods Register and discourse analysis Second language acquisition Second language reading and writing Second language teaching and learning Speech perception and production Spoken discourse World Englishes Our faculty work closely with individual students, helping them to develop as colleagues in applied linguistics. As a result, our PhD students have an outstanding record of publication and participation in major conferences such as TESOL and AAAL. Graduates of our program have also been highly successful at obtaining tenure-track faculty positions at major universities. What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics? The Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University is designed to prepare future professors, researchers and teacher trainers to work independently and in leadership positions with the learning and teaching of second languages, the analysis of language, and the design of language-related research. University Requirements To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study.... [-]

Ph.D. in Language and Literacy

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 6 semesters September 2018 USA Milwaukee

The Doctorate in Language and Literacy (Ph.D.) program prepares you to act as a literacy leader who understands theoretical and instructional models of literacy, recognizes new literacy trends in our digital age, services literacy acquisition, development and instruction, and fosters systemic change in your organization and community. [+]

The Doctorate in Language and Literacy (Ph.D.) program prepares you to act as a literacy leader who understands theoretical and instructional models of literacy, recognizes new literacy trends in our digital age, services literacy acquisition, development and instruction, and fosters systemic change in your organization and community. The Doctorate in Language and Literacy program is designed for educators, professionals and researchers with a background and/or interest in literacy, curriculum and instruction, speech and language or a related field. Faculty members integrate their collective expertise in Reading, Curriculum and Instruction, Writing, Special Education, and Speech and Language Pathology in the design and delivery of our innovative program. Successful completion of the program may result in Reading Teacher (license #316) and Reading Specialist (license #17) certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This may require additional coursework depending upon your prior experience, and is subject to approval by the Wisconsin DPI. Courses EDL 703 - Research Seminar A EDL 706 - Theoretical Models of Literature and Language EDL 709 - Qualitative Methodology and Design EDL 712 - Current Issues in Assessment EDL 715 - Literacy and Language Symposium EDL 716 - Research in Child Language Disorders Symposium EDL 717 - Literacy and Language Symposium EDL 720 - Writing Theory, Practice and Assessment EDL 722 - Instructional Models of Literacy and Language EDL 726 - Research Seminar B EDL 731 - Quantitative/Experimental Research Methodology/Design EDL 736 - Mixed Methods Research Methodology/Design EDL 740 - Comprehension EDL 746 - Socio-Cultural Theories EDL... [-]

PhD in Translation

Lingnan University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Hong Kong Tuen Mun

The Department of Translation at Lingnan is one of the largest in Hong Kong, with some of the best translation scholars in the Chinese speaking world. It has long been recognised as one of the top translation departments in Greater China, following a proud tradition of... [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. PhD in Translation Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time) Place: Hong Kong The Department of Translation at Lingnan is one of the largest in Hong Kong, with some of the best translation scholars in the Chinese speaking world. It has long been recognised as one of the top translation departments in Greater China, following a proud tradition of excellence in scholarship and teaching. In recent years, professors in the Department have published extensively in many important international journals. Our very strength is in translation theory and members bring their interdisciplinary interests to their research, which reflects the developments of Translation Studies. We are affiliated with two translation journals: Translation Quarterly and Translation and Cross-Cultural Studies. Earlier this year, the Head of Department was also appointed as the 2017 CETRA Chair Professor of Translation by the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Belgium. In addition, the Department is uniquely endowed with a capacity to explore problems related to English-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-English translation. The Department offers not only opportunities for research on many aspects of Translation Studies, but also a well-developed and congenial community that provides strong support to its graduate students in advancing their intellectual development as they proceed through the PhD programme. Our former PhD students have become eminent professors at such prestigious institutions as Tsinghua University and Shanghai International Studies University. The PhD programme is a vigorous one aiming to prepare our students to meet effectively the research tasks... [-]

Doctorate In Linguistic Studies

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2018 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The PhD Program in Language Studies is aimed at those people who, with a university degree and a profile in languages ​​and linguistics, want to face the challenge of writing a thesis. [+]

Introduction The Programme Doctorate in Language Studies Is aimed at those people who, with a university degree and a profile in languages ​​and linguistics, want to face the challenge of writing a thesis. We gathered a group of specialists in Spanish language, Galician language and general linguistics to offer an attractive program and a stimulating contour for the realization of the research plan. The investigations may be on some subject related to The description of the languages The applied linguistics in different aspects (lexicography and terminography, teaching and learning of languages ​​or linguistic technologies) Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics Historical linguistics and linguistic historiography Why study the degree Why do a doctorate? The doctorate is the university degree of highest rank. It indicates that the person who has it dominates the subject on which he has made the thesis and has done a research work that provides something new to our state of knowledge. Why do a doctorate in linguistics? How do we communicate? What is the relationship between language and thought? What makes the tongues change? Why are there so many languages ​​in the world? If you have a language training, and you also ask questions like these, you certainly have a site in our doctoral program. You will be able to contribute with your work of investigation to advance in the complex answer to these questions and others similar. What are the advantages of the doctoral program of Linguistic Studies? We are a human team with a formative capacity... [-]

PhD in Semitic Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

A thesis is completed on a topic chosen with the Department and written under supervision. Students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic Language. Four seminars and a Doctoral defence (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. A thesis is completed on a topic chosen with the Department and written under supervision. Students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic Language. Four seminars and a Doctoral defence (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. Admission requirements To be admitted to this programme, students must fulfil the Department’s admission requirements and prove adequate knowledge of research methodology. Supplementary oral examinations might be required. Contact details Name: Prof F Esack Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in Latin

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem solving, critical reading, analysis and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Roman civilisation and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.). [+]

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem solving, critical reading, analysis and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Roman civilisation and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.). Admission requirements An MA in Latin gives admission to this programme. Contact details Name: Prof JLP Wolmarans Tel: 011 559 2737 / Email: hansiew@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in Greek

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem solving, critical reading, analysis and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Greek civilisation (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc. [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. In a Doctoral Degree, students prove their ability to do original research. Ideally, this research should lead to the publication of an article or a book. The formative value of a Doctoral Degree cannot be overestimated: acquiring and practicing skills of creative and original thinking, problem solving, critical reading, analysis and synthesis. The topic of the degree should contribute to our understanding of Greek civilisation (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc. Admission requirements An MA in Greek gives admission to this programme. Contact details Name: Prof JLP Wolmarans Tel: 011 559 2737 / Email: hansiew@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in Applied Linguistics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialised education and training and research needs of language practitioners such as translators, interpreters, text editors, language planners, copywriters and language teachers. [+]

The postgraduate programme in Applied Linguistics and Literary Theory, in drawing on the knowledge fields of both its disciplines, is aimed at the specialised education and training and research needs of language practitioners such as translators, interpreters, text editors, language planners, copywriters and language teachers. Translation and interpreting are complex linguistic, cognitive and textual processes that, among other things, also entail socio-cultural mediation. Given the complexity of these activities and hence the interdisciplinary nature of language practice, these programmes offer a balance of theoretical, practical and experiential knowledge and skills. [-]

PhD in African Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The Doctoral examination is conducted on at least two fields of study. A thesis is presented on a topic in linguistics or in literature as proof of the ability to conduct research and as proof of a unique contribution to science. An article ready for publication is submitted with the thesis. [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. The Doctoral examination is conducted on at least two fields of study. A thesis is presented on a topic in linguistics or in literature as proof of the ability to conduct research and as proof of a unique contribution to science. An article ready for publication is submitted with the thesis. Admission requirements Students must have obtained an MA in African Languages. Contact details Name: Dr IK Mndawe Tel: 011 559 4662 / Email: ikmndawe@uj.ac.za [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Linguistics

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher. [+]

Research Degrees in Linguistics

Start of programme: September

The MPhil/PhD in Linguistics is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced courses in the core areas of linguistics, training on research methods and research work leading to a dissertation. The Department is strongly research-oriented, and through a combination of courses, advanced seminars and individual supervision, aims to provide the intellectual discipline, knowledge and skills required of a well-rounded researcher.

Supervision is offered in theoretical, descriptive and comparative linguistics, translation and language pedagogy. Depending on the research topic, it may also be possible to arrange joint supervision with specialists in other departments.... [-]


MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. [+]

Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. Prospective research students will have the unique opportunity to work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, theoretical and critical, supervised according to the expertise of a wide range of academic staff across the Faculty and SOAS.... [-]


PhD in English Language

University of Ostrava
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2018 Czech Republic Ostrava + 1 more

Aims of the programme: to train highly qualified linguistic experts who will be able to deal independently with methodological and practical issues in synchronic and diachronic linguistics; to improve the current structure of research/teaching teams at the University and to offer existing teachers the opportunity to acquire additional qualifications. [+]

Aims of the programme: to train highly qualified linguistic experts who will be able to deal independently with methodological and practical issues in synchronic and diachronic linguistics. to improve the current structure of research/teaching teams at the University and to offer existing teachers the opportunity to acquire additional qualifications. Admissions procedures: The conditions given below are stipulated by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ostrava in accordance with Section 49, Subsections 1–5, Act no. 111/1998 Sb. on higher education institutions, as subsequently amended. The application form (in electronic form, with an abridged version to be printed out upon completion of the form; the submission deadline is generally on 31 August of each year) must be accompanied by the following supporting documents: the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae a document showing the applicant’s citizenship a certified copy of a document showing that the applicant is the holder of a university degree at Master’s level (Mgr. / M.A. or equivalent) an overview of the applicant’s research activities to date (e.g. publications, study visits, courses, conferences, etc.) a plan outlining the intended topic and structure of the applicant’s dissertation (in English) a reference from a member of the teaching/research community The admissions procedure involves an interview (in English). Applicants must explain their choice of topic for their planned dissertation, showing a good knowledge of the relevant linguistic literature on the topic in question; the dissertation may focus on topics related to professional language and professional discourse. It is also expected that the... [-]

Doctor Of Letters

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2018 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The Doctor of Letters allows further specialization in the field of letters which, essentially, that of literature, language and textual, visual and discursive practices (including theater, cinema, philosophy, history of art and media discourse). [+]

PhDs in Language Studies. The Doctor of Letters allows further specialization in the field of letters which, essentially, that of literature, language and textual, visual and discursive practices (including theater, cinema, philosophy, history of art and media discourse). It aims to train students who can contribute to increased knowledge of critical, historical, methodological and theoretical, and, thereby, contribute to the integration of disciplines, with literary studies, share the letters of the field. Offered jointly with the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, this program brings together 23 research professors and researchers-creators whose specializations cover all the topics and approaches of literary studies. Program Structure The Doctor of Letters offers two options: literary analysis and writing and includes a thesis of 72 credits. Program Structure Research areas The teaching team conducts research and research-creation structured around the bearing axles letters of programs at three levels: creation, literary culture, approaches and methods. Research show a concern for complementarity both in terms of time that objects and methods. creative Writing Tale, story, novel, poetry, haiku, story, theater, pedagogy and philosophy of creation. literary culture French literature of the Old Regime (XVI-XVIII centuries), the writings of the New France, Quebec and French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, contemporary literature. Approaches and Methods Geocriticism, literary history, intertextuality, language, myth criticism and mythanalysis, narrative, onomastics, poetic collection of poetic genres, psychoanalysis, rhetoric, semantics, semiotics and discourse analysis. The dynamism of research in letters at UQAR is reflected in... [-]

PhD in Arabic Language

United Arab Emirates University
Campus Full time September 2018 United Arab Emirates AL Ain Al Mizhar (Dubai)

The Ph.D. Program in Arabic Language and Literature aims at preparing students to be scholars and specialists in this field with an open mind and horizon to relative disciplines. [+]

The Ph.D. Program in Arabic Language and Literature aims at preparing students to be scholars and specialists in this field with an open mind and horizon to relative disciplines. The program will focus on scientific research, knowledge and modern new theories in its two tracks: 1- language and syntax 2- literature and literary criticism. This will be in accordance with the UAE University’s goal as a scientific research university. Program Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to: Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization. Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge. Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution. Will be able to 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. Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession. Will demonstrate an 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. Degree Requirements Required Credit Hours: minimum 54 hours [-]