8 PhD Programs in Literature

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-d… Read more

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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Masaryk University Faculty of Arts
Brno, Czech Republic

The doctoral degree program in literature in English provides advanced instruction in traditional areas of literary studies and in contextual, interdisciplinary, and transnati ... +

The doctoral degree program in literature in English provides advanced instruction in traditional areas of literary studies and in contextual, interdisciplinary, and transnational approaches to literature and culture. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
17 Feb 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

Graduates are highly qualified specialists in literary and cultural studies focused on English-speaking countries, especially the literature and cultures on the British Isles ... +

Graduates are highly qualified specialists in literary and cultural studies focused on English-speaking countries, especially the literature and cultures on the British Isles and in North America. They have a good command of theoretical and methodological approaches, are able to conduct independent research and to teach literary and cultural histories of the United Kingdom, USA, Ireland and other English-speaking countries, and related literary and cultural courses, at tertiary level. They can participate in team research projects and work in international research teams. Czech graduates have a good command of the terminology and style of the discipline in their mother tongue and possess basic knowledge of the reception of Anglophone literature in Czech culture. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Universidade da Coruña
A Coruña, Spain

El programa de Doctorado en Estudios Literarios tiene carácter interuniversitario y proporciona una formación avanzada en el ámbito de las literaturas en lengua española, gall ... +

El programa de Doctorado en Estudios Literarios tiene carácter interuniversitario y proporciona una formación avanzada en el ámbito de las literaturas en lengua española, gallega y portuguesa y sienta las bases para la investigación básica aplicada en este ámbito de conocimiento. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Spanish
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

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 C ... +

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 literature 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. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Five Towns College
New York, USA

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional -
PhD
Full-time
2 years
English
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
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

Graduates from the Ph.D. program in Romance Literatures are highly qualified specialists trained to conduct research work in their field (the literature of one or more Romance ... +

Graduates from the Ph.D. program in Romance Literatures are highly qualified specialists trained to conduct research work in their field (the literature of one or more Romance-speaking areas). They are able to analyze the literature of the chosen Romance-speaking area in a qualified manner, applying a synchronic or diachronic approach and modern literary methods and research procedures. Moreover, their expertise comprises the knowledge of general literary theory, the fundamentals of comparative literature and literary theory and criticism with a special emphasis on the chosen Romance-speaking area. Graduates are qualified for positions in the academia (universities, research centers etc.); their language skills and broad education qualify the graduates for employment in cultural institutions, the media, diplomacy, and other fields. -
PhD
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
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 years
Spanish
Campus