PhD English

PhD English at FUI is a full-time research degree programme intended to hone their research skills to highest level so that they are well versed with the current and reigning  research skills in their fields of study. Our ultimate goal is to transform our scholars into expert researchers capable of producing research of highest quality where they can break new grounds and publish their works at international forums. This is coupled with our aim to provide them intensive exposure to in-depth understanding of the major frameworks and theories in their respective disciplines. This combination, in our view, is the ideal blend to produce graduates of international standard who are capable of competing at any level with promise of success.

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

 

Candidacy as a 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.

 

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 dissertation must be between 80,000 to 120,000 words.
  • A dissertation must have a Turnitin® similarity index of less than nineteen percent (19%) to be judged as free of plagiarism.
  • A dissertation that has been deemed free of plagiarism will be evaluated by two foreign examiners and three local/national examiners one of whom will be from within the University.
  • Three positive reports are required for the conduct of the public defence of the dissertation for evaluation

 

Degree Requirements

            A PhD scholar must get one article published in an HEC recognised category “Y” journal to become eligible for the award of degree.

 

Scheme of Studies
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Course Code
Course Title
Pre Requisite
Credit Hours
Core Courses
  1.  

ENG8995

Advanced Seminar in Research

3

Elective Courses
  1.  

ENG8026

Phonological Theory and Optimality

LIN 1011 English Phonology

3

  1.  

ENG8007

Syntactic Theory and Minimalism 

LIN2021 Introduction to Morphology and Syntax

3

  1.  

ENG8061

Methods of Corpus Linguistics 

LNX6053 Corpus Linguistics

3

  1.  

ENG8063

Corpus Stylistics

3

  1.  

ENG8004

Lexical Functional Grammar

3

  1.  

ENG8054

Language Policy and Planning

3

  1.  

ENG8001

Morphological Theories

3

  1.  

ENG8031

Computational Linguistics

3

  1.  

ENG8011

Conceptual Semantics

LIN2043 Introduction to Semantics

3

  1.  

ENG8015

Intercultural Pragmatics

3

  1.  

ENG8034

Cognitive Linguistics

3

  1.  

ENG8022

World Englishes

3

  1.  

ENG8028

Dialectology

3

  1.  

ENG8024

Anthropological Linguistics

3

  1.  

ENG8075

Current Issues in Literary Theory

LIT3053 Literary Theory

3

  1.  

ENG8071

Theories of Narrative and Narratology

3

  1.  

ENG8103

Shakespearean Studies

3

  1.  

ENG8101

Pakistani Literature in English

3

  1.  

ENG8104

Latin American Literature

3

  1.  

ENG8105

World Literature in English

3

  1.  

ENG8106

Post WW II Women Writers in English

3

  1.  

ENG8107

Cultural Translation

3

  1.  

ENG8108

Trends in American Literature

LIT4071 American Literature

3

  1.  

ENG8109

Emerging Genres in Literature

3

Research Work

1.

ENG9999

Dissertation

18

 

Assessment

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

 

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.

Marks

Grade

Marks

Grade

Marks

Grade

0-63

F

70-75

C+

80-84

B+

64-69

C

76-79

B

85-100

A