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.

Rationale of the Program

Language has always been more than simply a medium of communication throughout human history. It remains a source of knowledge, a target of scientific exploration, a tool for critical thinking and creative expression. Hence, the need of a doctorate program in language studies is imperative and the scope of PhD English program remains vast and expansive. It covers both the scientific and the artistic aspects of language and their relationship with each other. The scientific study of language is done in PhD Linguistics, while PhD English Literature covers the artistic and aesthetic aspects of language and language use.

Program Objectives

a)      PhD Linguistics

  i.To equip the scholars with the latest knowledge and skills required in the field

  ii.To prepare the scholars to reflect on the structure of language and theories of language acquisition to make original contributions to them, especially with reference to languages spoken in Pakistan

  iii.To prepare the scholars to solve real-life problems related to language application and uses at national and international levels in a professional way.

  iv.To enable the scholars to make a significant contribution to the field of linguistics in the form of a doctoral dissertation written on a topic of impact factor.

b)     PhD English Literature

 i.To provide the scholars with rigorous critical and literary training which allows them to do critical thinking independently.

 ii.To allow the scholars to explore in depth the representation of the complexities of life and the way they are projected in the works of fiction written or translated into the English language

 iii.To enable the scholars to maintain the standards of expression in English language and beautify its usage in various spheres of life.

 iv.To empower the scholars to make a significant contribution in the field in the form of a doctoral dissertation written on a topic of impact factor.

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)

Career Prospects

The career prospects of PhD scholars are bright and diversified. The nature and scope of PhD thesis determine the career trajectory the scholars may take in terms of future research in their relevant field. Many PhD English scholars are already working as faculty members in different educational institutes during the course of their PhD study. Others, mostly fresh graduates in linguistics, can look forward to a very productive and lucrative careers based on their research and inter and intra-personal skills with reference to language use and scientific knowledge of theories of language. Similarly, the critical thinking and writing skills fostered in the scholars of PhD English Literature make the graduates independent of the limitations of an academic career. Potential careers for graduates may include, but are not limited to, teaching, language planning and policy making, corpus development, civil services, content writing, translation & interpretation, curriculum design and teacher training, independent research work in the field, language-related jobs in print and electronic media, administration and management in Non-Governmental organizations and so on.

Admission Criterion       

For PhD Linguistics

  • MPhil Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/ELT/TESOL or any other equivalent degree (min. CGPA 3.00/4.00) & Department Entry Test

 For PhD English Literature

  • MPhil English Literature (min. CGPA 3.00/4.00) or any other equivalent degree & Department Entry Test




3-8 YEAR








For PhD Linguistics

  • MPhil Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/ELT/TESOL or any other equivalent degree (min. CGPA 3.00/4.00) & Admission Test*

For PhD English Literature

  • MPhil English Literature (min. CGPA 3.00/4.00) or any other equivalent degree &  Admission Test*

*It is mandatory for the prospective candidates to appear for the Admission Test. Please note that no exemption from the test will be given in case of general GAT/other tests taken elsewhere.


Dr Muhammad Shaban
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