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23 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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Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Doctoral Program in Literature and Cultural Studies is characterized by an emphasis on literary studies from different methodological and linguistic perspectives, with an ... +

The Doctoral Program in Literature and Cultural Studies is characterized by an emphasis on literary studies from different methodological and linguistic perspectives, with an openness towards cultural analysis. Among the previous programs that are part of this new proposal are the Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature, originally linked to a Mundus Master, and the Study and Annotation of Spanish Literary Texts. Likewise, other programs are incorporated that are registered in the fields of Latin, Greek, Italian, French, Galician, Portuguese and German philology. -
PhD
Full-time
3 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Campus
 
Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset
Madrid, Spain

This Doctoral Program brings together, as stated in the title, two areas of traditional and innovative knowledge that are interconnected thanks to the new information and comm ... +

This Doctoral Program brings together, as stated in the title, two areas of traditional and innovative knowledge that are interconnected thanks to the new information and communication technologies. On the one hand, written culture and letters and critical thinking in its broadest sense; on the other, the digitization of knowledge and its ease of accessing and disseminating it. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
Spanish
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Pécs
Pécs, Hungary

The Program comprises two phases, the first of which consists of three modules: core curriculum courses in the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, and a literary hist ... +

The Program comprises two phases, the first of which consists of three modules: core curriculum courses in the fields of literary theory, cultural studies, and a literary history stretching over the first three semesters; teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and other department-related activities (second and third semesters); individual research for the thesis (continuous) and revision for the final exam (fourth semester). Having earned the required credits and passed the final exam, students enter the second phase, wherein they are required to finish their theses with the help of their supervisors, and submit it two years after their final exam. The program is thus divided into two years of coursework and two years of research and writing, with tutors helping candidates all along on their way toward receiving their PhDs. -
PhD
Full-time
8 semesters
English
01 Sep 2023
15 Jun 2023
Campus
 

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The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, USA

The graduate program in literature brings together scholars, creative writers, and translators who share a commitment to transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to lite ... +

The graduate program in literature brings together scholars, creative writers, and translators who share a commitment to transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to literary study and practice. The Ph.D. in Literature provides students with a flexible context in which to pursue research across a wide range of literary traditions, critical approaches, and theoretical debates. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Selinus University of Science and Literature
London, United Kingdom +1 More

A research thesis for these PhD programmes should be designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of literature from its different cultural approaches. Every student in ... +

A research thesis for these PhD programmes should be designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of literature from its different cultural approaches. Every student in the research in this area should distinguish between the various literary genres (poetry, theatre, fiction and nonfiction), as well as the main aesthetic, political, religious and social issues that have influenced and contributed to shaping the literature of all times and cultures. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
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. 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. -
Master PhD
Full-time
Part-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Charles University Faculty of Arts
Prague, Czech Republic

The graduate of Germanic and Nordic Languages and Literatures is a highly educated expert who is qualified for research in his/her field, i. e., in Germanic and Nordic linguis ... +

The graduate of Germanic and Nordic Languages and Literatures is a highly educated expert who is qualified for research in his/her field, i. e., in Germanic and Nordic linguistics or literature. He/she is ready for scholarly work and further growth in the academic area. He/she is able to manage language and literary problems where language skills and philological work are required, or where the theory and history of individual literature in all its linguistic and historical-cultural contexts are needed. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
Czech
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Charles University Faculty of Education
Prague, Czech Republic

This study program submitted for review aims to train professionals who can creatively apply their theoretical expertise in English studies within a broadly conceived context ... +

This study program submitted for review aims to train professionals who can creatively apply their theoretical expertise in English studies within a broadly conceived context of education that spans all educational stages. The program also fosters ingenuity and flexibility, thus producing erudite experts who can reassess the ever-changing needs of foreign language teaching and incorporate these into their methodology. Perhaps most importantly, the study program submitted for review is a symbiosis between the major field of study (i.e. English philology, spanning linguistic and literary-cultural aspects) on the one hand, and didactics of English and applied didactics on the other. This is a program without specialization. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Auream Phoenix University for Women
London, United Kingdom

PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral thes ... +

PhD by research via Distance Learning is awarded after successfully completing a theoretical research specialization. This research is presented in the form of a doctoral thesis. The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the only doctoral degree that can be achieved through distance learning. The main requirement for a PhD online through distance learning is to present and discuss a thesis of at least 100 pages for review and evaluation by an academic committee at Selinus University. A research thesis for these PhD programmes should be designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of literature from its different cultural approaches. Every student in the research in this area should distinguish between the various literary genres (poetry, theatre, fiction and nonfiction), as well as the main aesthetic, political, religious and social issues that have influenced and contributed to shaping the literature of all times and cultures. -
PhD
Full-time
Part-time
English, Italian
Online
 
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
Full-time
4 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, USA

The department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with an emphasis on Literature and Social Justice. Students teach in the first-year writing program and receive training in resea ... +

The department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with an emphasis on Literature and Social Justice. Students teach in the first-year writing program and receive training in research and pedagogy. Recent Ph.D. graduates have pursued a range of humanities careers, including tenure-track positions at institutions such as the University of Dayton and Moravian College; careers at non-profits such as the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; and positions that bridge academic and student affairs at institutions such as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. -
PhD
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus