Doctorate Degrees in Languages

Compare 17 PhD Programs in Languages

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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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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:... [-]


PhD in English Language

United Arab Emirates University
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2018 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Dubai + 1 more

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 multilingual and multicultural significance related to the historical context of the English Language as a global tongue. [+]

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 multilingual and multicultural 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.... [-]


PhD in Arabic Language

United Arab Emirates University
Campus Full time September 2018 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 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 ... [-]

PhD in Arabic Literature and Criticism

United Arab Emirates University
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2018 United Arab Emirates Al Ain Dubai + 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 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 ... [-]

PhD in English

Binghamton University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Binghamton

Binghamton University's graduate program in English offers more than just the study of language and literature. Students in the program develop skills that have applications far beyond the traditional occupations of teaching and composition. [+]

PhD in English

Binghamton University's graduate program in English offers more than just the study of language and literature. Students in the program develop skills that have applications far beyond the traditional occupations of teaching and composition. Effective and persuasive communicators are in demand in a number of fields, including law, marketing, communications, and journalism. Advanced study of literature and rhetoric will greatly contribute to your skill set and employability. The Creative Writing concentration can offer additional experience and is not only for those who are pursuing a career in writing.

Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Graduate English program at Binghamton University. Our program has had a history of distinguished faculty and graduates in literary research, critical theory, rhetoric, and creative writing.... [-]


PhD in Semitic Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

A thesis is completed on a topic chosen by 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 defense (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. [+]

A thesis is completed on a topic chosen by 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 defense (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 fulfill 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 2019 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 civilization and its contribution to Western civilization (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 civilization and its contribution to Western civilization (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 2019 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 civilization (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilization (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 Greek civilization (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilization (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.

Admission requirements

An MA in Greek gives admission to this programme.... [-]


PhD in German

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

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.

Admission requirements

Prerequisite: A Master’s Degree in German with a minimum of 65%.

Contact details

Name: Dr Anne Baker Tel: 011 559 2717 / Email: abaker@uj.ac.za

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PhD in French

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

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.

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for a Doctoral Degree is a Master’s Degree in French.

Contact details

Name: Prof WA Kabwe-Segatti Tel: 011 559 2757 / Email: desirew@uj.ac.za

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PhD in English

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English Studies. Specialist supervision is available in the following areas of study: South/African Literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction [+]

Students accepted for this course are required to research, write and present a full thesis (approximately 220 pages), which contributes new knowledge to the field of English Studies. Specialist supervision is available in the following areas of study: South/African Literary Studies and Post Colonialism; Text Editing; Medieval, Renaissance and Romantic Studies; and Contemporary Fiction

Admission requirements

A Master’s Degree in English is required. Admission to the Doctoral Degree must be approved by the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Prof Karen Scherzinger Tel: 011 559 2493 / Email: kscherzinger@uj.ac.za

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PhD in African Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

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

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Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Japanese and Korean Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 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 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. [+]

Research Degrees in Japanese and Korean Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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.... [-]


Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD) in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 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 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 color 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. [+]

Research Degrees in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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 color 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 in Chinese

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

Lingnan is now offering PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research various areas. [+]

PhD in Chinese

Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Lingnan is now offering PhD programmes in Chinese for applicants who want to pursue research in the following areas:

Chinese language, linguistics, and stylistics Classical Chinese literature Comparative literature Literary theory Literature and cinema Modern and contemporary literature in Chinese (from the Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) Teaching of creative writing and media writing Application Methods

Applicants may seek admission to the PhD programme in two ways as follows:

1. Apply for PhD Programmes via the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)

Lingnan is one of the universities which can nominate brilliant applicants for the Fellowship to be granted by the Research Grants Council (RGC) through the HKPFS. Each Fellowship awardee will be provided with HK$240,000/year (HK$20,000/month) and a conference/research-related travel allowance of up to HK$10,000/year for a maximum of 3 years. (US$1=HK$7.8).... [-]