PhD in Linguistics (English)

Duration: 4 years
Medium of Instruction: English


  • To allow the student to write a high quality, original academic thesis which can be published either individually as articles, or as an entire book after graduation
  • To widen the breadth of the student’s knowledge in their chosen area.
  • To generally improve the student’s awareness of research methodology
  • To train the student up to a professional level of academic writing
  • To qualify the student for work either as a university professor, or for work in areas such as government administration and independent research groups
  • To assist the student in securing high level publications of research outside their thesis

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

The PhD in Linguistics (English) curriculum provides careful and intense supervision during the writing of a substantial, original piece of scholarship and its defence. By the end of the programme, the students will be able to demonstrate advanced:

1. Knowledge of the conceptual and theoretical elements, methodologies, and characteristics of scholarship in their field;
2. Understanding of the ethical dimensions of research and scholarly activity;
3. Capacity to communicate ideas effectively to a range of audiences;
4. Ability to analyze information where relevant, using appropriate tools, technologies, and methods;
5. Ability to initiate, design, conduct, sustain, and report research;
6. Capacity for critical appraisal of relevant scholarly literature


  • Careful and intense supervision over the writing of a long, original thesis
  • University-wide and Faculty-based courses to improve writing skills, research ethics , teaching ability, and knowledge in the student’s chosen field
  • Experience in academic teaching, the organization of conferences and other essential academic duties
  • Help with the preparation of academic articles for publication in prestigious journals


  • For students who are admitted in or after 2020/2021, please click here.
  • For students who are admitted from 2016/2017 to 2019/2020, please click here.
  • For students who are admitted in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, please click here.
  • For students who are admitted in 2013/2014, please click here.

Graduation Requirements

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Entry Requirements

Please refer to the Graduate School’s webpage.

Career Prospects

Most of our students become university professors, mainly in mainland China, however others also go further afield.  With a PHD in English, however, one can also apply for work in other areas such as management, public service , the media, and of course