Doctorate Degrees in Literature

Compare 17 PhD Programs 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 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. [+]

PhDs in Literature. 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... [-]

PhD in Romance Literatures

Charles University Faculty of Arts
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Graduates from the Ph.D. programme in Romance Literatures are highly qualified specialists trained to conduct research work in their field (the literature of one or more Romance-speaking areas). [+]

The language of instruction is English. Romance Literatures is a fee-paying programme; the annual study fee is 70 000 CZK. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria entrance examination: one-round examination, interview Discussion of the project of the PhD dissertation: 0–30 points; Assessment of the Applicant’s previous studies, research and other academic activities: 0–15 points; Assessment of the Applicant’s knowledge of secondary literature (based on the list submitted by the Applicant): 0–15 points. The Programme Board does not suggest or impose particular PhD topics, but allows applicants to suggest research projects according to their personal preferences. Suggested PhD topics must be consulted beforehand with the Chair of the Programme Board. Conditions for admission The applicant is admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same time, scores enough points to place among the maximum number of students admitted to the respective programme (refer to the Admission Procedure Specifications applicable to the individual degree programmes); admissions will be granted to all applicants who score the same number of points as the applicant who comes last in the ranking of admissions. The full-time and combined forms of study use different maximum numbers of admissions. Applicants cannot be admitted without supplying, no later than on the enrolment day, evidence of their prior education. Information on the exercise of graduates Graduates from the Ph.D. programme in Romance Literatures are highly qualified specialists trained to conduct research work in their field (the literature of one or... [-]

PhD in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures

Charles University Faculty of Arts
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

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

PhDs in Literature. The language of instruction is English. Anglophone Literatures and Cultures is a fee-paying programme; the annual study fee is 70 000 CZK. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria entrance examination: one-round examination, interview Discussion of the project of PhD dissertation: 0–30 points; Assessment of the Applicant’s previous studies, research and other academic activities: 0–15 points; Assessment of the Applicant´s knowledge of secondary literature (based on the list submitted by the Applicant): 0–15 points. Recommended Dissertation Topics: The Picturesque and Historical Novel Power in British and American Gothic Fiction Imaginary Geographies in British and American Romanticism Narratives and Histories of the Settlement of the American West Globalisation in Contemporary Irish Drama Reflections of the "Celtic Tiger" in Contemporary Irish Fiction The Politics of Northern Irish Theatre, 1900-1969 Belfast as a Literary Topos Old English Documentary Prose as A Background to Old English Poetry Topoi in Old English Old Testament Poetry Fabliaux Elements in Middle English Poetry Narrative Theory and the Development of Contemporary Canadian Fiction by Aboriginal Writers Tropes of Immigration, Migration and Travel in the History of Canadian Literature Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and the Poetry of Modernism Ideology and Nation in 19th century Irish Poetry Translation as Theme in Twentieth-Century Irish/American/British Poetry Yeats and the Celtic Revival Politics on the Restoration Stage Family in the Eighteenth-century Novel Travel Writing and Women History in British Post-war Women's Fiction Theoretical Otherness, Local Color Fiction and Kate Chopin Narrative Space and Thomas Pynchon Literature and Silence Suggested... [-]

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... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 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 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. [+]

Research Degrees in Chinese and Inner Asian Studies 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. Our alumni are to be found in academic and government posts, journalism and other media, museums, art galleries, aid agencies, libraries, charities, medicine, and large and small businesses of many kinds all over the world, and a large number of them work in the area or in the cultural field of their studies. Some Recent Research Theses Eddie Bertozzi - One Step Forward into Reality - Transvergent Reconfigurations of the Jishizhuyi Style in Contemporary Chinese Cinema Katherine Foster - Child of Sorrow: Children and Childhood in Late Twentieth Century Chinese Fiction Jung Eun Jo - Analysis of the Discourse on Music of the Lüshi chunqiu mainly in comparison with the "Yuelun" chapter of the Xunzi Yin-Chen Kang - The Formation of Classical Taiwanese Theatre: 1900 -... [-]

MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in African Studies

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

Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. [+]

PhDs in Literature. Research Degrees in African Studies Supervision is provided for research leading to MPhil and PhD degrees within the broad general area of African studies. Research topics such as the study of a language (from a descriptive, comparative, philological or textual point of view), or of literature (whether author-based, thematic or comparative), or of any of the performing arts, which falls within our own core expertise, are supervised entirely in the Department. However, there is great potential for extending the range of topics by means of joint supervision with colleagues from other departments and centres. Some Recent Research Theses Lizzy Attree, ‘The Literary Response to HIV and AIDS in South Africa and Zimbabwe, 1990-2005’ Mark Brogden, 'The Culture of Exploration: British Expeditions to Northern Nigeria 1822–1827' Zoë Norridge, ‘Perceptions of Pain: Narratives of Hurt and Healing in Contemporary African Literature’ Betty Sibongile Dlamini, 'Women and Theatre for Development in Swaziland' Academic Staff and their Research Areas Dr Lindiwe Dovey BA(Harvard) PHD(Cantab) African film and video; literary adaptation in Africa; filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); contemporary film theory and ‘World Cinema’; representations of exile, immigration and violence; structures of African film production, distribution, and exhibition; African film festivals. Dr Kai Easton BA(Gettysburg) MA PHD(London) Colonial and postcolonial studies; South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the cultures of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; intertextuality; fiction, history, and autobiography. Professor Graham Furniss BA PHD(London) African language literature; comparative African literature; Hausa language, linguistics and literature.... [-]