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16 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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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 2021
01 Dec 2020
Campus
 
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
01 Dec 2020
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)
Campus
 

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UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain , United Arab Emirates

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 disciplin ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Arabic
Aug 2021
28 Feb 2021
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)
Campus
 
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Bogotá , Colombia

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary natu ... +

The Doctorate in Communication, Languages and Information offered by the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana is an advanced research platform, of inter and transdisciplinary nature, at the confluence of communication, languages and information. Three areas of work feed the program: Communication, Languages and Interculturality; Information, Technology and Society and Sociohistorical Studies of Media, Communication and Languages. It addresses problems of great complexity and social relevance, underlying a society highly mediated by technology and the deep imbrication of communication, languages and information with cultural diversity, from a critical and historical perspective. It offers a solid and diverse training in contemporary research methodologies in the social sciences. It contemplates the modality of doctoral thesis in investigation-creation. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
Spanish (Colombia)
Jan 2021
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
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague , Czech Republic

Graduates have a sound grounding in research methods in the humanities, particularly in the study of relationships between languages/cultures; knowledge of information sources ... +

Graduates have a sound grounding in research methods in the humanities, particularly in the study of relationships between languages/cultures; knowledge of information sources and the ability to assess their relevance to the pair of languages/cultures of their choice; a thorough grounding in the theoretical concepts of translation and interpreting and the ability to apply them to the analysis of the translation / interpreting market and procedures. They are equipped to produce and edit extensive scientific texts and to evaluate the quality of writings in translation and interpreting studies. They are capable of theoretical reflection on particular products/situations related to translation studies within their linguistic, cultural, historical and social contexts, and are able to present their findings to the academic communities. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English, French
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña , Spain

The program forms researchers in various fields within English studies, from literature and cultural studies to linguistics.

The program forms researchers in various fields within English studies, from literature and cultural studies to linguistics. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Spanish
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not fe ... +

The Department is able to supervise MPhil and PhD degrees by research and thesis in a wide range of cultural and linguistic subjects. Intending research students should not feel constrained to limit their choice of topics to those indicated against the names of current staff members (postgraduate students have recently been working on a range of topics that include Japanese cinema, Kabuki texts, modern Japanese linguistics and literature, Meiji historical texts, Korean linguistics and literature, Korean colonial and eighteenth-century history). Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive material available at SOAS and also gathered during fieldwork in Japan and Korea. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Cardinal Stritch University
Milwaukee , USA

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 ne ... +

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. -
PhD
Part-time
6 semesters
English
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain , United Arab Emirates

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 disciplin ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Arabic
Aug 2021
28 Feb 2021
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain , United Arab Emirates

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 lingu ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Aug 2021
28 Feb 2021
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain , United Arab Emirates

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 Br ... +

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
English
Aug 2021
28 Feb 2021
Campus
 

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