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English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (WUR) Nicosia, Cyprus
The Department of English Studies offers postgraduate programmes at the master and doctoral levels, leading to an MA and PhD, respectively. All postgraduate programmes are watched over by a three-member committee, which is appointed every two years. The Committee is chaired by a Postgraduate Coordinator.

About

  • To achieve this objective, the programme offers a wide range of courses in each of the three tracks. They include theoretical and applied linguistics, language development, research and teaching methodology, literature, history and culture, literary theory, translation theory, translation methodology, and interpreting. In addition to compulsory courses (incl. foreign-language courses and university-wide electives), students choose from a variety of departmental elective courses — small-class seminars in linguistics and literature — which change from semester to semester.
Students who successfully complete the programme may:
  • pursue a career in teaching, professional translation, public or foreign service, or media and communication;
  • undertake graduate studies in a wide variety of areas, including British, American, or Comparative Literature, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, Theatre Studies, or Media and Communication Studies.
English is the language of instruction in all courses, though English and Greek may be used in Translation Studies courses, due to their particular nature. Therefore, a high level of proficiency in English is required for admission to the Programme. All courses are credited in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
    • Greek
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • The initial period of PhD study should be considered as a period of training and assessment of the student’s ability to conduct doctoral research. By the end of the second semester, the members of the student’s Research Committee are finalised. 
  • The  Research Committee and the student set the requirements for maintaining standards throughout the course of study and clarify their respective responsibilities. The Supervisor and the student define the topic of research and plan the timetable for the completion of the programme. 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission to the PhD programme is based on:

  • The formal application (application sheets can be obtained from the Department)
  • Certified copies of the BA and MA Degrees (or an official document certifying that the student will have graduated before the start of
  • the Programme), plus a certified copy of the BA Degree script
  • Full CV in English,
  • The student’s initial statement of purpose (3-4 pages),
  • Writing samples (which may include the Master’s thesis), and
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
An interview may follow, which should give emphasis to the student's ability to cope with the demands of postgraduate research. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • PhD students holders of master's degrees: Total fees €4.000.
  • PhD students non-holders of master's degrees: Total fees €6.500.

Living costs for Nicosia

  • 576 - 870 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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