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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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16 Results in Languages

University of Ostrava

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 diac ... [+]

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:... [-]

Czech Republic Ostrava
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Binghamton University

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 applicati ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Binghamton
September 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

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 ... [+]

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. The curricula of the doctoral students in this program include the following to be provided during the two-year study (Minimum Duration): In addition to the preparation of at least three term papers following the compulsory courses according to Accreditation, these are at least three articles to be published, participating in at least three conferences as well as at least two research stays abroad related to the thesis. The final degree consists in the proof of the above-mentioned achievements, the submission of the doctoral thesis as well as in their defense as part of a doctoral examination. Successful PhD students may take the title Ph.D. to lead.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague 5
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Charles University Faculty of Arts

Graduates have a sound knowledge of current trends in the field and are able to adopt a creative approach to 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 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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Online & Campus Combined
Lingnan University

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 Creative writing and media writing Literary theory Literature and cinema Modern and contemporary literature in Chinese (from Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) 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)

Outstanding and brilliant applicants may seek admission via the HKPFS by 1 December 2018 (Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon). Fellowship awardees will be provided with a Fellowship with a monthly stipend of HK$25,100*, and waived the full tuition fee for his/her first year of study. Students who apply for and do not get the fellowship can still be considered for the regular PhD places at Lingnan.... [-]

Hong Kong Tuen Mun
September 2019
Full-time
30 - 72 months
Campus
Lingnan University

Contemporary English Studies is one exciting area of teaching and research. The Department of English offers an Honours Degree programme and a postgraduate programme in C ... [+]

PhD in English

Duration: 3 or 4 years (Full-time)

Place: Hong Kong

Contemporary English Studies is one exciting area of teaching and research. The Department of English offers a Honours Degree programme and a postgraduate programme in English Studies. For us, English Studies embraces the study of Contemporary Literature in English, Applied Linguistic Studies and Language Studies. We recognise English as an international discourse or lingua franca, no longer a literature and language belonging to Britain and North America.

Our departmental research interests include:

General

Semiotics Metaphor Theory

Applied Linguistics

Sociolinguistics English in Hong Kong World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca Digital Literacies Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Discourse Analysis Second Language Pronunciation ... [-]
Hong Kong Tuen Mun
September 2019
Full-time
30 - 72 months
Campus
University of 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 (incl ... [+]

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... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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 v ... [+]

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... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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 v ... [+]

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.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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 ... [+]

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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South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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; ... [+]

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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South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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 Eng ... [+]

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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South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
University of 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 ... [+]

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

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 n ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

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 n ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus