PhD in English

1. Introduction

The expertise gained from running English programmes for over a decade and student’s desire to continue their higher learning at the FUI has emboldened the department to launch PhD English.

2. Description

PhD English has been imagined as a full-time programme intended to hone the research skills of its scholars and turn them into expert researchers capable of producing scholarship and criticism of the highest level. The programme is also meant to give the scholars intense exposure to their chosen fields of study to make them experts in their area. This theoretical knowledge backed by practical skills of research are likely to yield good dividends in the form of proficient researchers.

3. Nomenclature

Doctor of Philosophy, English

4. Aims and Objectives

The key aims and objectives of the PhD English programme are to:

  • Equip the scholars with the theoretical and practical knowledge of research and advanced concepts in their chosen field to enable them to become experts in the selected areas
  • Enable the scholars to pursue independent research in their fields
  • Enable the scholars to supervise research work in their areas

 

5. Admission Requirements

The PhD English Programme is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • MS English with research thesis (Or equivalent degree such as MPhil/foreign MA with HEC’s certificate of equivalence)
  • CGPA of >3.0 out of 4 or equivalent
  • Valid GAT Subject or GRE Test score of at least 60% at the time of admission
  • FUI entrance test and interview
  • Research proposal

The PhD English programme is targeted towards students with excellent command of the English language, a strong understanding of research and good grasp of the concepts in linguistics and literature.

6. Duration

The PhD English Programme is a full-time programme taught on campus. The programme allocates two semesters to the coursework of 18 credit hours. The third semester is used for sitting the comprehensive examination and appearing in the synopsis defence. PhD scholars will then undertake writing a research thesis over the next three semesters. The maximum duration of the programme is 5 years that includes one year for completing the coursework over and above the usual time allocated to the coursework and also one semester extension for research work.

Below is a summary of the duration of the PhD English programme

               Course work: Two semesters (Two extra semesters may be used for coursework)

               Synopsis: One semester

               Thesis: Four semester with the possibility of extension of one semester

               Credit Hours completed through Coursework: 18

               Credit Hours completed through Thesis: 36                          

Credit Hours: 54 in total

7. Assessment

7.1 Coursework

Assessment of the students for each course (other than thesis) in the PhD programme will be carried out according to the following formula.

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Assessment Tool

Marks

1.

At least two research based assignments and one presentation

30

2.

Midterm examination of 1.5 hours duration

20

3.

Final Term examination of 3 hours duration

50

                                                                                                                                       Total                     100

PhD English scholars will be governed by the following grading scheme.

               0-63                     F

               64-69                    C

               70-75                    C+

               76-79                    B

               80-84                    B+

               85-100                 A

 

7.2 Candidacy as PhD Researcher

The following criteria will be used to grant research candidacy to PhD English scholars.

  • Completion of coursework of 18 credit hours with CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher.
  • Consent form by Supervisor who is supervising not more than a maximum of five PhD researchers at the time.
  • Passing Comprehensive Examination based on the chosen field of research.

              

7.3 Research Work

Scholars registered in the PhD programme are required to undertake research as a compulsory requirement of the successful completion of the programme. The following guidelines are laid down for the assessment of the research work.

  • A synopsis must be presented submitted after passing the comprehensive examination.
  • A scholar may commence research work only after the synopsis is approved by the FUI BASAR.
  • The word count for the PhD thesis must be between 80,000 to 120,000 words.
  • A thesis must have a Turnitin® similarity index of 19 or less to be judged as free of plagiarism.
  • A thesis that has been deemed free of plagiarism will be evaluated by two foreign examiners and three internal examiners.
  • Once the reports are received the thesis will be evaluated through a public defence.  

8. Degree Requirements

               A PhD scholar must get one article published (accepted for publication) in an HEC recognised category X journal to become eligible for the award of degree.

              

8. Scheme of Studies

PhD English Scheme of Studies (Effective from Fall 2016)

The MS English Linguistics coursework will comprise courses of 18 credit hours, to be completed in two semesters, to be selected from the following list of courses. 

 

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Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

1.

ENG. 901

Phonological Theory and Optimality

3

2.

ENG. 909

Language Policy and Planning

3

3.

ENG. 911

Syntactic Theory and Minimalism 

3

4.

ENG. 913

Corpus Linguistics 

3

5.

ENG. 915

Corpus Stylistics

3

6.

ENG. 917

Lexical Functional Grammar

3

7.

ENG. 919

Morphological Theories

3

8.

ENG. 923

Computational Linguistics

3

9.

ENG. 931

Conceptual Semantics

3

10.

ENG. 933

Intercultural Pragmatics

3

11.

ENG. 935

Cognitive Linguistics

3

12.

ENG. 941

World Englishes

3

13.

ENG. 943

Dialectology

3

14.

ENG. 945

Anthropological Linguistics

3

15.

ENG. 951

Current Issues in Literary Theory

3

16.

ENG. 953

Theories of Narrative and Narratology

3

17.

ENG. 961

Shakespearean Studies

3

18.

ENG. 963

Pakistani Literature in English

3

19.

ENG. 967

Literature of North America

3

20.

ENG. 968

World Literatures

3

21.

ENG. 969

Women Writers in English

3

22.

ENG.955

Translation Theories

3

23.

ENG.965

Emerging Genres in Literature

3