Department of English and Literary Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (English Language)

Admission Requirements

  • All candidates must possess the minimum of five O’ Level Credit Passes which must include English Language and Literature in English.


  • Candidates must possess a good Bachelor’s degree in English Language or English Literature, or B.A Education/English or Linguistics not lower than a Second Class Lower division, from a recognized university.
  • All candidates shall be subjected to a selection process.

Candidate must possess a good Master’s degree in English Language or Literary Studies from a recognized university, with a CGPA not below 3.5 on a five-point scale.

Candidates who do not make up to 4.00 will be required to register for the MPhil/Ph.D. programme. Such candidates must present two seminars and a research proposal for grading and must score a minimum CGPA of 3.5 before preceding to the Ph.D. Otherwise the M.Phil Degree should be awarded upon the submission of a thesis. This thesis should be examined following the procedure of a Ph.D. thesis.

To graduate, all Ph.D. candidates must take and pass all the requisite courses as prescribed in the Ph.D. course list below totaling 27 units as follows:

Core Courses 18 units                     

Thesis             9 units

Total               27 units


Every Ph.D. candidate must submit a Dissertation on a chosen and approved topic, supervised by a member of staff whose qualification is not below the Ph.D and who is not lower than Senior Lecturer in rank.


The Ph.D. thesis must be defended before an external examiner duly nominated for that purpose and appointed by Senate.