17 PhD Programs in Languages

PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, and refers to a postgraduate degree that is offered in both humanities and the sciences. It typically requires four years of extensive studying to complete, sometimes longer, and the student must complete a dissertation or thesis to graduate. What is a PhD in Languages? More than just studying one language, this doctorate degree will normally focus on linguis… Read more

PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, and refers to a postgraduate degree that is offered in both humanities and the sciences. It typically requires four years of extensive studying to complete, sometimes longer, and the student must complete a dissertation or thesis to graduate.

What is a PhD in Languages? More than just studying one language, this doctorate degree will normally focus on linguistics and communication, skills that can be applied to many different careers. With some programs, you will increase your abilities and knowledge of one specific language. In others, you will learn more about how to teach a second language including planning, evaluation, use of multimedia, and how to approach language studies in the real world.

A postgraduate degree in languages can enhance the student’s ability to think and work in a specific language, making them more marketable for careers in a global setting. It can also expand one’s mind, improving communication skills in general and improving cultural awareness and understanding.

As with any degree, the costs associated with a degree in languages will vary, depending on which program you choose. Online programs often offer a great way of helping to reduce those expenses while still getting an excellent education.

There are many potential employers, depending on what your program specialized in, such as embassies, government offices, language schools, newspapers, magazines, publishing and any multinational businesses or nonprofit. One can find work translating, developing course materials, in research, in communications and in teaching. Having an advanced degree can help one enter into these fields at a higher level than would otherwise be possible.

Studying language in depth is a fascinating way to learn more about communication and people.  To get started on this path, 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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The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Sciences
Hattiesburg , USA + 1 More

The English Graduate Program in the School of Humanities offers a Ph.D. degree, with an emphasis in literature or creative writing. It provides engaged course and workshop exp ... +

The English Graduate Program in the School of Humanities offers a Ph.D. degree, with an emphasis in literature or creative writing. It provides engaged course and workshop experiences, making for a lively and dynamic intellectual environment. Our program makes available the unique possibilities for scholarly and creative growth, offering classes and public forums on craft and criticism while proudly highlighting the advantages of literary scholars and creative writers studying alongside one another. -
PhD
Full-time
5 years
English
22 Jan 2020
30 Nov 2019
Campus
 
UAEU United Arab Emirates University
Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates + 1 More

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
English
August 2020
29 Feb 2020
Campus
 
Heriot-Watt University Dubai
Academic City , United Arab Emirates

The PhD programme in the School of Social Sciences offers unique opportunities for students in the region to research issues of relevance to the Islamic and Arab world as well ... +

The PhD programme in the School of Social Sciences offers unique opportunities for students in the region to research issues of relevance to the Islamic and Arab world as well as globally. For instance, the programme offers opportunities for research in areas such as Islamic business, international human resource management, cross-cultural management, equality and diversity, Emiratisation and other nationalization policies, marketing, sustainability, accounting, finance, and corporate governance. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun , Hong Kong

Our definition of English Studies embraces the study of Contemporary Literature in English, Applied Linguistic Studies and Language Studies. The Department is especially stron ... +

Our definition of English Studies embraces the study of Contemporary Literature in English, Applied Linguistic Studies and Language Studies. The Department is especially strong in critical -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
September 2020
Campus
 
Masaryk University Faculty of Arts
Brno , Czech Republic

The Doctoral Studies program in English Linguistics develops students’ knowledge of linguistic disciplines and prepares them for independent research activity, especially in t ... +

The Doctoral Studies program in English Linguistics develops students’ knowledge of linguistic disciplines and prepares them for independent research activity, especially in the fields of functional syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, stylistics and translation studies. Students become conversant with methods of linguistic research, which they then apply in the preparation of their doctoral dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
14 Sep 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom + 1 More

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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

On a more advanced level (Doctoral studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel, Autobiography; Conte ... +

On a more advanced level (Doctoral studies) students are encouraged to collaborate with us in our fields of expertise, i.e. the Contemporary French Novel, Autobiography; Contemporary French Theatre and Francophone Literature in order develop their capacities for research and critical thought. The French Department’s Doctoral Degree is designed for dedicated researchers and mainly consists of a dissertation. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague , Czech Republic

Graduates have a sound knowledge of current trends in the field and are able to adopt a creative approach to the relevant source material. Graduates are equipped to work with ... +

Graduates have a sound knowledge of current trends in the field and are able to adopt a creative approach to the relevant source material. Graduates are equipped to work with original Latin documents, i.e. literary and diplomatic manuscripts, incunabula, paleotypes and old prints, being able to interpret and prepare them for publication and translation. Having been trained in philology and literary history and acquired the foundations of relevant historical disciplines (codicology, palaeography, diplomatic) and of cultural history, graduates are equipped to place mediaeval and early modern works into the context of their time and also to interpret them as a factor influencing the culture and society of subsequent eras. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
October 2020
30 Apr 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Prague 5 , Czech Republic

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French philo ... +

This doctoral program is advertised for the classroom and distance learning. Anyone who is interested in the fields of classical and modern German philosophy, the French philosophy of the 19th and 20th centuries, German and French phenomenology as well as the current international reception of these philosophies can apply, and the conditions of admission (required documents see below) fulfill. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
2 years
German, French
October 2020
31 Jul 2019
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Lingnan University
Tuen Mun , Hong Kong

Lingnan University offers a Ph.D. in Chinese Philosophy. Applicants can choose from the following research areas: Chinese Classical Literature, Chinese Modern and Contemporary ... +

Lingnan University offers a Ph.D. in Chinese Philosophy. Applicants can choose from the following research areas: Chinese Classical Literature, Chinese Modern and Contemporary Literature (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Chinese, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Stylistics, Comparative Literature.. . -
PhD
Full-time
30 months
English
September 2020
01 Dec 2018
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London , United Kingdom + 1 More

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 such diverse topics as colour symbolism in ancient Chinese texts, Chinese cinema, and Chinese Braille systems, and translation studies). If necessary, arrangements can be made for joint supervision with teachers from other departments of SOAS. Research undertaken at MPhil and PhD level is based on literary, documentary, and archive materials in the languages of the area and/or on fieldwork conducted in those languages. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

The Doctoral examination is conducted in 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 rese ... +

The Doctoral examination is conducted in 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. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English, Afrikaans
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

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 ... +

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 civilization (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilization (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

A thesis on a theme from German literature or linguistics must be submitted and an oral doctoral examination (the equivalent of two papers consisting of four modules each) wil ... +

A thesis on a theme from German literature or linguistics must be submitted and an oral doctoral examination (the equivalent of two papers consisting of four modules each) will be conducted to test the candidate’s knowledge of the total subject area and to test his/her theoretical ability regarding research at post-master’s level. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg , South Africa

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 ... +

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 civilization and its contribution to Western civilization (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.). -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
English
January 2020
Campus