Doctorate Degrees in Literature

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A Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, is a postgraduate degree that is offered in many different disciplines, both in the humanities as well as in the sciences. Students will need to study extensively for at least four years, as well as complete a thesis or dissertation, in order to successfully complete the program.

What is a PhD in Literature? A doctorate degree in this discipline allows for more in-depth study of written works, typically around some sort of specialization. One may specialize in a genre, a time period, a particular literary movement, a country or geographical area, or combine study of literature with another discipline such as religion and its relationship with literature. It is a degree that can allow students a wide scope to study what really interests them.

A PhD in Literature offers much more than simply an understanding of a specific area of writing. Literature is really a study of people and how they express the ideas that are important to them. It’s a way of understanding others in general and can enhance one’s ability to interact within a community.

The cost of achieving this degree will depend on which program you choose and where in the world the institution is located. Choosing an online course of study can be a good way to reduce your costs.

One of the main things that people do with this degree, of course, is teach. Those who have writing ability themselves can use it to increase their chances of landing jobs in journalism, public relations, publishing and communications. Depending on the specialization chosen, there may also be possibilities in historical or cultural societies. Consulting companies also sometimes hire doctoral graduates.

A doctorate degree in literature can open more doors than you may have thought. To find out more, 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 Persian Language and Literature

University of Tehran - Kish International Campus
Campus Full time 7 semesters September 2017 Iran Tehran

Course subjects will prepare students focus on developing the skills needed for speech and scholarly judgments in the field of language and literature and give them the experience to teach the undergraduate and graduate students in the country or possibly abroad. [+]

PhDs in Literature. Students obtain required skills on literary, rhetoric and grammatical fields related to the old and new Persian texts. Course Overview Course subjects will prepare students focus on developing the skills needed for speech and scholarly judgments in the field of language and literature and give them the experience to teach the undergraduate and graduate students in the country or possibly abroad. Special interests Fields of Persian rhetoric and literature, poetry and prose, expository texts in Arabic, the original texts of Persian literature, Mysticism, etc. Course structure This course is designed for at least 7 semesters including dissertation. To graduate, students must complete 36 units. They also need to pass the comprehensive exam before defending their dissertation. [-]

PhD in Humanities

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD program provides training for students who intend to pursue professional and academic careers. Students may specialize in linguistics, literature, history and anthropology, or philosophy and religion. They must undertake coursework, pass a qualifying examination, and present and defend a thesis. [+]

At HKUST, we offer the largest interdisciplinary university-level program in humanities and social science in Mainland China and Greater China and the only one to have an explicit, program-wide, comparative focus as exemplified by our innovative Global China Studies degrees. Like every university of excellence, we are dedicated to research and teaching. What sets us apart from our peers is our explicit focus on global, especially North American and Chinese, best practice in teaching, graduate training and placement, and our own research. With 42,000 Google Scholar citations, we are particularly proud of the academic impact of our faculty and student research given our small faculty size, our relative youth, and our emphasis on empirical research. The PhD program provides training for students who intend to pursue professional and academic careers. Students may specialize in linguistics, literature, history and anthropology, or philosophy and religion. They must undertake coursework, pass a qualifying examination, and present and defend a thesis. Research Foci In Humanities, our foci are Chinese economic and social history, comparative history of environment and technology, European intellectual and cultural history, and history of Sino-foreign relations, Chinese linguistics and history of Chinese language and dialects, Chinese philosophy (Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism), political and moral philosophy, comparative philosophy of East and West, Chinese literature, comparative literature, animation and film studies, and cultural studies, and cultural anthropology on rural and urban South China. Admission Requirements i. General Admission Requirements Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have: obtained a bachelor’s degree from... [-]

Ph.D. in Language and Literacy

Cardinal Stritch University
Campus Part time 6 semesters September 2017 USA Milwaukee

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. [+]

PhDs in Literature. 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. The Doctorate in Language and Literacy program is designed for educators, professionals and researchers with a background and/or interest in literacy, curriculum and instruction, speech and language or a related field. Faculty members integrate their collective expertise in Reading, Curriculum and Instruction, Writing, Special Education, and Speech and Language Pathology in the design and delivery of our innovative program. Successful completion of the program may result in Reading Teacher (license #316) and Reading Specialist (license #17) certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This may require additional coursework depending upon your prior experience, and is subject to approval by the Wisconsin DPI. Courses EDL 703 - Research Seminar A EDL 706 - Theoretical Models of Literature and Language EDL 709 - Qualitative Methodology and Design EDL 712 - Current Issues in Assessment EDL 715 - Literacy and Language Symposium EDL 716 - Research in Child Language Disorders Symposium EDL 717 - Literacy and Language Symposium EDL 720 - Writing Theory, Practice and Assessment EDL 722 - Instructional Models of Literacy and Language EDL 726 - Research Seminar B EDL 731 - Quantitative/Experimental Research Methodology/Design EDL 736 - Mixed Methods Research Methodology/Design EDL 740 - Comprehension EDL 746 -... [-]

Doctorate In Literary Studies

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

The Doctoral Program in Literary Studies has an interuniversity character and provides advanced training in the field of literatures in Spanish, Galician and Portuguese and sets the basis for basic applied research in this area of ​​knowledge. [+]

Introduction The Programme Doctorate in Literary Studies Has an interuniversity character and provides advanced training in the field of literatures in Spanish, Galician and Portuguese and sets the basis for basic applied research in this area of ​​knowledge. The program is interuniversity and participates in the Universities of A Coruña and Vigo, this being the coordinating entity. Why study the degree The study of literatures, because of its status as repositories of social legacy, affects basic knowledge, critical analysis and the use of discourse. The scientific interest of literature research lies in the exploration, preservation and interpretation of collective sociocultural memory, together with a training and research in its theoretical and pragmatic aspects. What is learned The research is integrated into two main lines, the first one focused on literatures in Spanish and comparative literature, and the second focuses on Galician, Portuguese and medieval literature and literature. The program has different research groups in the two collaborating universities, which constitute an ideal environment for the incorporation of new doctoral students: Galician Linguistic Research Group (ILLA) and Research Group in Language, Literature and Hispanic Culture (HISPANIA) , Studies on Spanish Literature (FE1), Spanish Literature of and about the Middle Ages (LM1) and Group of analysis and study of Literature and of Translation (GAELI FG3). Lines of investigation These are the lines of research of this doctoral program: Literature in Spanish and Comparative Literature Galician and Portuguese Literatures and Cultures and Medieval Literature Specific Training Complements In case the doctor does not... [-]

Official PhD Program In Advanced English Studies: Linguistics, Literature And Culture

Universidade da Coruña
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Spain A Coruña + 1 more

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

PhDs in Literature. Introduction The Programme Doctoral Degree in Advanced English Studies: Linguistics, Literature and Culture Is an interuniversity degree in which the three Galician universities participate (University of Coruña, University of Santiago de Compostela and University of Vigo) and that it is born from previous programs with diverse official recognitions (Mention of Quality and Recognition towards Excellence). It was positively evaluated and accredited by the MEC (5600811, dated 07/22/2013), by the ACSUG (Axencia for Quality of the University System of Galicia) and by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) For higher education. The program forms researchers in various fields within English studies, from literature and cultural studies to linguistics. Why study the degree Because specialized knowledge in linguistics, literature and Anglophone cultures is a vital element in the global and intercultural historical moment of today's society. Because the skills of communication, organization and orderly presentation of the information acquired in the previous training, will achieve with the training and research experience of this program advanced degrees of specialization. Because the program offers the possibility of doing part of their studies in another center within the Erasmus mobility framework, thus adding another particular vision to the intercultural experience of each student. What is learned Each student in the doctoral program will learn to: Find the key questions that need to be answered to solve a complex problem. Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge. To investigate in different areas and... [-]

PhD in Semitic Languages

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

A thesis is completed on a topic chosen with 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 defence (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 with 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 defence (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 fulfil 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 2018 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 civilisation and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc.). [+]

PhDs in Literature. 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 civilisation and its contribution to Western civilisation (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 2018 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 civilisation (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilisation (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 civilisation (Ancient, Hellenistic, Byzantine or Modern) and its contribution to Western civilisation (political theory, philosophy, religion, literature, theatre, film, religion, architecture, etc. Admission requirements An MA in Greek gives admission to this programme. Contact details Name: Prof JLP Wolmarans Tel: 011 559 2737 / Email: hansiew@uj.ac.za [-]

PhD in German

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 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. [+]

PhDs in Literature. 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 [-]

PhD in French

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 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 [-]

PhD in English

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 3 years February 2018 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 [+]

PhDs in Literature. 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 [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their literatures, cinemas and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni. [+]

Research Degrees in South East Asian Studies The Department offers the widest coverage in Europe of research and teaching related to the languages and cultures of the principal countries of South East Asia. Its primary commitment is to the four languages Burmese, Indonesian/Malay, Thai and Vietnamese, and their literatures, cinemas and associated cultures. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters in cinema and gender, literary criticism, cultural history and postcolonial studies. It is a flourishing and friendly Department with close links to recent alumni. The research interests of the Department’s members include: classical Malay literature; modern literature in Malay, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese; Islam in South East Asia; language pedagogy; phonetics; gender studies; oral literature and folklore; cinema in South East Asia; and translation. These interests are increasingly reflected in the kind of work that is undertaken by the Department’s current doctoral researchers. A full research training programme is provided at Faculty level, in addition to the close attention each doctoral researcher receives from his or her supervisor. MPhil/PhD students admitted to the Department receive research training in the Faculty-wide first year research training seminar and are also encouraged to participate in discipline-specific training offered by the Faculty Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) and research skills training coordinated via the Doctoral School. The Department provides supervision for both full-time and part-time doctoral researchers undertaking supervised research in a wide range of South East Asian... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in South Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history and postcolonial studies. [+]

PhDs in Literature. Research Degrees in South Asian Studies Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time SOAS has an international reputation for excellence in the field of South Asian studies earned by the world leading research undertaken. REF 2014 submissions by members of the Department included significant and paradigm-shifting monographs, edited collections, journal articles and book chapters on literature, cinema cultural history and postcolonial studies. The Department has two ERC grants: Francesca Orsini for the comparative study of the multilingual literary histories of North India, the Maghreb, and the Horn of Africa; while James Mallinson has one entitled “The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping traditions of transnational physical yoga practice through philology and ethnography”. Amina Yaqin’s current research projects include a collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Pakistan and the University of East London for the ‘Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue’ research project funded by the RCUK. This follows on from an earlier AHRC funded international research network, ‘Framing Muslims’. Rachel Dwyer is CI on an AHRC funded International Network with the University of Leeds: Soft Power, Cinema and the BRICS. The Department welcomes applications for the degrees of PhD on any topic related to the research interests and disciplines of the Department’s research-active staff. Prospective candidates should consult the details of the various staff members’ research areas and adapt their proposal accordingly. These presently include, but are not limited to: Indian film and screen studies; diaspora studies; postcolonial literature; literary studies associated with Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, and... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Please check the list of the staff of the Department provides information on the main areas of teaching and research, and supervision for research students can be provided across this wide range. [+]

Research Degrees in Near and Middle Eastern Studies The list of the staff of the Department provides information on the main areas of teaching and research, and supervision for research students can be provided across this wide range. Some Recent Research Theses Siba Aldabbagh Word and Image in Visual Art and Poetry from the Arab World Charis Bredin Creaturely Encounters: Animals in the Libyan literary imaginary Izabella Czyzewska How to Pray to Hittite Gods: A Semantic andContextual Analysis of Hittite Prayer Terminology with the New Editions of Selected Prayers of Muršili II Maria De Cillis The Discourse of Compromise: Theoretical Constructs of Free Will and Predestination in the Works of Avicenna, Ghazālī and Ibn ʿArabī. Jacob Eriksson Swedish mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a study of the utility of small-state mediation and Track II diplomacy. Benjamin Geer Priests of the Nation: Nationalism and Power in Modern Egyptian Literature and Cinema. Alyn D. Hine Russian Literature in the Works of Mikhail Nu'ayma Christie Johnson Authorship in Kitab al-aghani: production, reception, subjectivit Walid Khazendar Place in the Making: A Study on Image-Making in Early Arabic Poetry. Maha Abdel Megeed Muwaylihi's Isa ibn Hisham: Between 18th-Century Revival and 19th-Century Neoclassical Renaissance Krikor Moskofian Literature and Survival: Literary Criticism and the Construction of Cultural Identity in Armenian Printed Press of Diaspora 1919-1928. Khadiga Musa A Critical Edition of a Twelve/Eighteenth Century Manuscript on Legal Maxims: ‘Umdat al-Nazir fi’l-Ashbāh wa’l-Naẓā`ir. Laetitia Nanquette The Eye Sees Not Itself: Images of France and Iran Through Their Literatures... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. [+]

PhDs in Literature. Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies. The Centre has developed its own MPhil training programme which will enable research students to be registered in the Centre rather than in specific regional Departments or those of other disciplines. The Centre places its emphasis on the acquisition of critical theoretical skills and in-depth regional, linguistic and cultural knowledge with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, but also to literatures written in European languages. Prospective research students will have the unique opportunity to work on an exceptionally wide range of topics, theoretical and critical, supervised according to the expertise of a wide range of academic staff across the Faculty and SOAS. A research degree in Comparative Literature (Asia/Africa/the Near and Middle East), Cultural Studies (Asia/Africa/The Middle East) or Postcolonial Studies (Asia/Africa/The Near and Middle East) normally takes three years, or up to a maximum of four years should periods of fieldwork/research and material collection be required. Part-time registration is also possible. Programme Structure Research will be guided throughout by a research committee of three core CCLPS members, consisting of one primary supervisor (core CCLPS Faculty of Languages and Cultures member) and two supporting supervisors in an advisory capacity (CCLPS core or SOAS members). Depending on the nature of the research joint supervision is sometimes... [-]