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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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Masaryk University Faculty of Arts

This fee-paying full-time mode programme is open to those individuals holding a Master's degree in a field related to English philology (literature and/or linguistics) or ... [+]

This fee-paying full-time mode programme is open to those individuals holding a Master's degree in a field related to English philology (literature and/or linguistics) or teaching English (as either a first or second language) from an institution of higher education in the Czech Republic or abroad.

Admission

1. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.

2. Submission of three letters of recommendation in English.

3. Submission of a copy of the applicants Master's Thesis (in English). If this is not available, an English-language summary of the thesis must be provided together with a minimum twenty-page sample of the applicant's academic or scholarly writing in English. Graduates of Masaryk University need not submit a copy, as their theses are available to the Doctoral Studies Committee via the Masaryk University Information System.... [-]

Czech Republic Brno
September 2019
Full-time
4 find your juris doctor
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Arts

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 Ro ... [+]

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
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 the relevant source material. Graduates are equipped to work ... [+]

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
Charles University Faculty of Arts

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

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Online & Campus Combined
Five Towns College

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

How much will this program cost me?

Tuition and fees: $40,690 Books and supplies: $2,600 On-campus room & board: $25,530

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

International Scholarships

International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are remunerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?... [-]

USA New York
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
SOAS University of London

The SOAS Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) will welcome applications from MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake research in the disciplines ... [+]

Research Degrees in Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

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 two pieces of 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.... [-]

United Kingdom London Singapore
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Full-time
Part-time
3 years
Campus
Universidade da Coruña

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

Introducción

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. El programa tiene carácter interuniversitario y en el participan las Universidades de A Coruña y Vigo, siendo ésta la entidad coordinadora.

Por qué estudiar la titulación

El estudio de las literaturas, por su condición de depositarias del legado social, incide en el conocimiento básico, el análisis crítico y la utilización del discurso. El interés científico de la investigación en literatura reside en la exploración, la preservación y la interpretación de la memoria sociocultural colectiva, unida a una labor de formación e investigación en sus vertientes teórica y pragmática.... [-]

Spain A Coruña
September 2019
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
Universidade da Coruña

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

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.... [-]

Spain A Coruña
September 2019
Spanish
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Campus
UAEU United Arab Emirates University

The Department of English offers a Ph.D. program in English Literature and Criticism. This program offers students a variety of opportunities to study in all major areas ... [+]

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Concentration: English Literature and Criticism

The Department of English offers a Ph.D. program in English Literature and Criticism. This program offers students a variety of opportunities to study in all major areas of British and American literature including prose, poetry, fiction, short story and drama starting from the Renaissance up to post-colonial / post-modern literature. The program also includes other areas of studies such as comparative literature, world literature in English translations and critical theories applied to award-winning literary texts. On the academic paradigm, the Ph.D. program is designed to offer a comprehensive and intellectually challenging program for students who desire to be writers, proof-readers, critics, literary scholars, university professors, and professional leaders. Upon completion of the minimum course requirements, students are expected to receive a broad knowledge of English literature, Criticism, and Theory. 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.... [-]

United Arab Emirates Al Ain
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Campus
UAEU United Arab Emirates University

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 disc ... [+]

Overview

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:

Demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization. Perform and defend an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge. Identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution. 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. Identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession. Demonstrate 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. Ph.D. Scholarship (All Nationalities) Full-Time ... [-]
United Arab Emirates Al Ain
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
4 years
Campus