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18 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… Read more

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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Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Saint Petersburg, Russia

The Ph.D. in Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages is focused on research topics at all levels of training. The main research problems are related to the methodolog ... +

The Ph.D. in Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages is focused on research topics at all levels of training. The main research problems are related to the methodology of teaching a foreign language: increasing the motivation of students, the use of new technologies, learning in an electronic educational environment, problems of intercultural interaction, new approaches, and their integration, the history of the development of methods of teaching foreign languages in Russia and abroad, interdisciplinary aspects in foreign language education, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English, Russian
01 Oct 2022
10 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Latvia
Riga, Latvia

The PhD programme offers interdisciplinary and research-based studies, integrating linguistics, literary studies, folklore and theatre studies. Although the main task of the p ... +

The PhD programme offers interdisciplinary and research-based studies, integrating linguistics, literary studies, folklore and theatre studies. Although the main task of the programme is the preservation and enhancement of national culture and science by preparing highly qualified researchers and specialists for researching the Latvian language, literature, folklore, theatre history and theory, the programme is also designed for aspiring specialists in other languages and cultures to enable postgraduate students to build their teaching and research careers at higher educational institutions and elsewhere. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in ... +

The learning skills at a distance from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities are usually highly professional. The degree programs of distance learning of Selinus University in this faculty allow access to the specialization in which the student can choose the topics of your interest in order to design a program fully adapted to his vocation. There are generally no problems for the professional practice of any of these specializations except in formal education. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 

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Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good ... +

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites candidates from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, with evidence of academic excellence, research ability and potential, and good communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities to apply for full-time PhD study under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). HKPFS is established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) with an aim to attract the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English (UK)
Sep 2022
Campus
 
McMaster University Faculty of Humanities
Hamilton, Canada

It is an interdisciplinary program of four years, organized around literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world, including France. We invite candidates with a traditi ... +

It is an interdisciplinary program of four years, organized around literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world, including France. We invite candidates with a traditional master's degree in French studies, as well as candidates whose course has been less typical, provided that their file meets the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
French (Canada)
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of London, School of Advanced Study
London, United Kingdom +1 More

The Institute of English Studies (IES) occupies a position at the centre of the academic study of English in the United Kingdom. It is recognised nationally and internationall ... +

The Institute of English Studies (IES) occupies a position at the centre of the academic study of English in the United Kingdom. It is recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for its research activities, and in the provision of resources to the academic community as a whole. An MPhil/PhD with the Institute of English Studies presents the opportunity to gain expertise in your area of interest while also honing a range of transferable skills. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Oct 2022
Campus
Online
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun, 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 recogni ... +

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 recognized as one of the top translation departments in Greater China. -
PhD
Full-time
30 - 72 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MPhil/PhD in Translation Studies is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced training in the core areas of translation studies, research meth ... +

The MPhil/PhD in Translation Studies is a research training programme which combines foundational and advanced training in the core areas of translation studies, research methods and research work leading to a thesis. 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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Africa International University
Nairobi, Kenya

The Doctor of Philosophy in Translation Studies is an advanced research-based, course of study designed to prepare candidates to make significant contributions in research, un ... +

The Doctor of Philosophy in Translation Studies is an advanced research-based, course of study designed to prepare candidates to make significant contributions in research, university education, and consultancy in this dynamic and expanding field. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 years
English
Campus
 
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Vila Real, Portugal

The 3rd cycle of studies leading to the PhD in Language Sciences has as main objective the reinforcement of the production capacity and internationalization of knowledge throu ... +

The 3rd cycle of studies leading to the PhD in Language Sciences has as main objective the reinforcement of the production capacity and internationalization of knowledge through the carrying out of original research, in a fundamental or applied perspective, and aims at providing candidates with competencies which enable them to develop original and independent research and the ability to transmit it. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Portuguese (Portugal)
Oct 2022
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The main objective of the Language and Literacy Education concentration is to develop educators with an understanding of language and literacy education and to achieve an epis ... +

The main objective of the Language and Literacy Education concentration is to develop educators with an understanding of language and literacy education and to achieve an epistemological ground in this field as well as a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of language and literacy education in teaching and learning that will prepare them to work as an academic professional, researchers or policy professionals. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus