Literary Programme

The duration of the graduate programme is four years (it is possible, in certain circumstances, to include the second year of the Master's Programme in English Literature as the first year of the doctoral studies, in which case the student will have three years of doctoral study). The first year and a half of the literary programme is normally devoted to the reading of literary and critical courses. These comprise critical perspective courses on various literary periods and courses focused on methods and theory, with an emphasis on theoretical approaches directly relevant for the proposed dissertation project. The sum total of the courses amounts to 90 Higher Education Credits.

The thesis monograph constitutes the additional 150 HECs of the full 240-credit PhD. The writing of this dissertation is expected to take two and a half years. It is an independently researched project, published at a level of academic potency equivalent to the one that is normative in first-class journals and other international scientific publications. The dissertation is accompanied by an abstract.

Linguistics Programme

The duration of the linguistics graduate programme is four years and corresponds to eight semesters of full-time studies. The first year and a half is dedicated to the graduate reading courses (90 Higher Education Credits) while the last two and a half are spent on dissertation work (150 HECs). In actual practice the two often overlap.

There are two specialisations available, Modern English Linguistics and Historical English Linguistics. In the first of these, students study modern linguistic theories in phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, text linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, variation studies, regional variation and corpus linguistics. They also acquaint themselves with diachronic linguistics and follow a survey on Old and Middle English. Dissertations are usually text analyses making use of modern linguistics theories.

Fifty per cent of the coursework in the historical specialization overlaps with that found in the modern linguistic option. The remaining fifty per cent are replaced with text-based courses and studies in the methodology of historical linguistics. Dissertations in this specialisation usually analyse texts from earlier stages of the English language.