PhDs in Humanities

Humanities encompass academic disciplines that study human condition and the essence of what it means to be human in a fast changing world. Humanities are similar to liberal arts in many ways and the two terms are sometimes interchangeable. Many degree courses offered by humanities departments can also be listed as social sciences, because they deal with the study of human behaviour and society.

Bachelors and Masters in humanities cover a broad, interdisciplinary study of society and culture throughout history. Practitioners use methods that are primarily analytic, critical, or speculative to study subjects belonging to languages, literature, law, history, philosophy, religion, visual and performing arts, and others. Music studies also fit the field of humanities, as music is used to broaden capabilities of non-musicians by teaching skills such as concentration and listening.

Humanities degrees help students develop a broad understanding of cultural expression and improve their analytical and communication skills. Students can improve their understanding of society through satisfying their intellectual curiosity in subjects such as philosophy, art, history and literature with an emphasis on multiculturalism.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

North American Studies North American Studies, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The Graduate School of North American Studies (GSNAS) at Freie Universität Berlin offers a three-year North American Studies doctoral study program to candidates pursuing research projects on North America in the humanities and social sciences (American/Canadian Studies). Doctoral degrees are awarded in the following six disciplines: economics, political science (PhD or Dr. rer. pol.), cultural studies, history, literary studies, sociology (PhD or Dr. phil.)

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History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning) History of Art PhD/MA By Research (On-Campus or By Distance Learning), PhD
  • Jan 2018
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The Department of History was ranked first in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We offer promising candidates the opportunity to study alongside academic staff working at the forefront of current research. Our academics cover a wide range of British, European and Worldwide history from around 500 to the present day, providing expert supervision in areas including medieval history, cultural and social history, politics, economics, religion, war studies, the history of the West Midlands, the history of sexuality and emotion, and the history of the environment.

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Medieval Studies Medieval Studies, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The doctoral program in Medieval Studies at Central European University (CEU) offers an entry into historical worlds not often conjoined. The major aims of the program are to encourage transdisciplinary medievalist research, open new perspectives and develop new approaches.

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Doctor of Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 48 months

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Paris - ISM - International School of Management is designed for two types of candidates: experienced business executives who would like “to give something back” and assist in the development of future business leaders by becoming effective educators; and innovative teachers and/or researchers determined to make an impact by contributing to the body of knowledge in their chosen disciplines.

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Philosophy Philosophy, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

Doctoral enrollment may continue up to a maximum of six years. Students admitted into CEU doctoral programs are eligible to receive a full CEU Doctoral Fellowship for up to three years. Numerous additional funding opportunities exist, such as the Doctoral Research Support Grant Program, the Erasmus Mobility Scheme, and various research and travel funds. The Philosophy degree is offered by Central European University (CEU).

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Comparative History Comparative History, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The PhD in Comparative History at Central European University (CEU) is designed for candidates pursuing careers in teaching and research. It emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship that integrates social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of Central, Southeastern, and Eastern European, as well as Eastern Mediterranean history.

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English Linguistics English Linguistics, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 48 months

Graduates of the department are employed as English teachers in secondary schools and other secondary schools, universities, like translators, editors etc. Masaryk University offers a PhD in English Linguistics.

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Politics Politics, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
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The Politics doctoral program at The New School is designed to provide maximum flexibility consistent with development of the highest level of competence in a chosen field of scholarly specialization. With limited course distribution requirements, faculty consultation is essential to prepare the for the PhD qualifying exams and dissertation writing.

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) -  Reading, Literacy, and Assessment Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - Reading, Literacy, and Assessment, Ph. D.
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • Not specified

Do you aspire to drive transformative educational change in your institution and community? Designed for practitioners and administrators from P-12 to higher education, Walden University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program offers flexibility and choices to meet your needs—even if those needs change along the way.

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Art History Art History, PhD
  • Any time
  • EUR
  • 36 months

The International Business School offers the DPhil (PhD) in Art History programme in English, leading to the degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham. The programme requires an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a particular academic or professional discipline.

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Literatures in English Literatures in English, PhD
  • Sep 2017
  • EUR
  • 48 months

Literatures in English provides advanced instruction in both traditional areas of literary studies as well as in contextual, interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to literature and culture. Masaryk University offers a PhD in Literatures in English.

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Comparative Literature Comparative Literature, Ph. D.
  • Oct 2017
  • EUR
  • 48 months

Comparative Literature, a 4-year PhD programme in English for foreigners and Polish students is an innovative offer aimed at young humanists from around the world, who are interested in gaining a dual doctoral degree (from the Jagiellonian University and an American/European university) based on integrating the research on the most current trends of contemporary cultural studies with interests in Polish and Central European literature.

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