Academic Programs

PhD Linguistics & English Literature


The Department offers PhD Linguistics and PhD English Literature programs under the umbrella term PhD English. PhD Linguistics offers the researchers the opportunity to develop an in depth insight into the theoretical and scientific study of language and to pursue their research under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced academics. PhD English Literature allows students to explore the complex (re)-presentations of life and existence through different theoretical and generic perspectives. The program also enables the scholars to hone their appreciation of aesthetic and literary fields of study by acquainting themselves with influential classical and contemporary body of work

 PhD students are required to study six courses, three courses in each semester. They must complete two core courses; Specialist Module I and Specialist Module II, one in each semester. Keeping in mind the academic and professional needs of the students, the content of each module is determined by the assigned resource person. Students are also required to choose two elective courses each semester from the course list offered to them by the Department, which earns them a total of 18 credit hours. The scholars are advised to select elective courses pertaining to their individual research interest which can be later developed into research thesis. Each course holds the same weightage and earns the scholar 3 credit hours. A comprehensive examination is conducted at the end of PhD coursework in order to assess the level and quality of scholars’ knowledge and research skills acquired during their academic semesters. The successful PhD students are then allocated supervisors in their field of interest to pursue their research. The thesis carries a weightage of 18 credit hours. It should make an original and epistemologically significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge.

Core Courses

  • Specialist Module – I
  • Specialist module - II

Elective Courses

  • Research in Applied Linguistics
  • Advance Phonetics & Phonology
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Multiculturalism
  • Translation Studies
  • Adaptation Studies
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Applied Lexicology
  • Advancement in Second Language Acquisition
  • Developments in Syntactic Theory
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Pakistani Literature in English

Thesis (compulsory)

  • Thesis (minimum 80,000 words)

Admission Criterion       

MPhil Linguistics / Applied Linguistics (minimum CGPA 3.0 or 60% marks) or MPhil English Literature (minimum CGPA 3.0 or 60% marks) or any other equivalent degree and UMT Entry Test




3-8 YEAR








MPhil Linguistics/Applied Linguistics (min. CGPA 3.0 or 60% marks) or

MPhil English Literature (min. CGPA 3.0 or 60% marks) or any other equivalent degree

& Department Entry Test


Dr Muhammad Shaban, 

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