Third Study Cycle at English Language and Literature program

The study of English Language and Literature is an interdisciplinary academic endeavour, encompassing fields as various as history, philosophy, linguistics, traditional and contemporary arts, film and media studies, and even psychology and digital technology.  The Ph.D. program offers students an opportunity to explore literary works in their cultural and historical context, conduct research in their chosen literary genre or literary figure, and develop a comprehensive research methodology. The program’s aim is to prepare Ph.D. candidates for a life in academia, research and education. Once they complete the program, they can contribute to the advancement of the field; they can improve the society’s understanding of literature, its place within a civilization, and its impact across many cultures and contemporary mediums. Having successfully completed the Ph.D. program, ELIT graduates will become literary scholars capable of analyzing and evaluating written texts (and other forms of cultural expression), and review and synthesize complex ideas in Anglo-American, European and world literature. They will be able to design and implement independently a substantial research project that can be published and shared with their peers within a scholarly community. They will also be able to lecture on many subjects and share their insight in critical issues within the field of English language and literature. The scope of the program makes our Ph.D. graduates skilled editors or writers with the critical thinking and research skills necessary for a career in academic institutions as professors, administrators and educators. Some graduates may also pursue a career in industries as various as publishing, media and communication, and journalism. Others may pursue a career in business, legal organizations, government, as well as in international organizations.        


  • To ensure that students master the ability of drafting and redrafting their written work to achieve clarity of expression and sound arguments;
  • To help students accomplish a suitable breadth of knowledge in the field of English as they focus on their area of concentration;
  • To ensure that students have mastered their English language skills effectively for the purpose of reading, writing and communicating in a language appropriate for literary scholars;     
  • To foster the intellectual development of students in the program as they discover the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary studies in English Language and Literature;
  • To provide mentorship, professional training and nurture the scholarly habits and technical skills of future professors. This should be done while providing appropriate resources, whereupon graduate students will be able to produce original and professional works of research; 
  • To conduct and produce original, interdisciplinary literary research;
  • To promote a healthy atmosphere for critical enquiry, so that students can conduct professional academic activities and attend conferences to present their research;
  • To prepare graduates for an academic career after obtaining their Ph.D. degree.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Ph.D. program, students will be able to:

  • evaluate a wide range of literary and non-literary texts, including influential criticism of those texts;
  • examine, synthesize and explain, in clear prose, the underlying philosophical premises and complex assumptions within a text through a critical analysis and interdisciplinary research; 
  • conduct research by formulating questions, supported by the gathering of relevant information and well-reasoned lines of enquiry, and using online and traditional resources, resulting in a sustained written work or a number of works; 
  • communicate effectively with their scholarly peers and the general members of society about their area of expertise within English literature;
  • write well-organized research papers or articles while exhibiting an effective command of written English with a varied vocabulary and attention to detail;
  • demonstrate confident analytic skills together with capacities of textual analysis and fluent critical argument;
  • discuss historical and cultural differences inherent in various texts, and demonstrate how the affective power of language can shape meaning in various forms; 
  • engage in critical debates with views other than their own, show independence of thought, and exercise a degree of critical judgment of their own work and the work of their peers.


III. Study Cycle ELIT Curriculum