• Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
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General Programme Information

The Faculty offers a PhD programme by research in languages and linguistics.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) is University of Malaya’s premier research training degree. The pinnacle of academic achievement at University of Malaya, the Ph.D is awarded based on the foundation of the thesis prepared under supervision, resulting in an original and significant contribution, displaying extensive knowledge and comprehension of the subject and field of study.

Evaluated by independent experts using current and internationally accepted standards, the University’s Ph.D programme produces human capital, which is not only intellectual and skilful in modern technology but also very versatile and able to handle problems in real life situations. Ph.D. students will carry out focused research in their area of specialisation, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. Additionally, they will be alert to the challenges faced in the international arena through the media, seminars, conferences and keynote addresses, and also through research attachments and collaborative exchange arrangements with internationally recognised research centres.

The candidates will carry out focused research in their area of specialization, which is of immediate relevance to local interest. They will be alert to the challenges faced in the international arena through the seminars, conferences and many more.

Students may also choose to undertake research in the one of the following areas of specialization subject to the availability of academic staff to supervise them:

Computer Assisted Language Learning and Instruction

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Genre Analysis
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Learning and Assessment
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language for Specific Purposes
  • Lexicology
  • Morphology
  • Phonetics And Phonology
  • Pragmatics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Semantics
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Stylistics
  • Syntax
  • Functional Linguistics
  • Translation Studies
  • World Englishes

The Ph.D programme is more than just an academic distinction. The programme is designed to ensure the fields of study remain relevant to the needs of today. At the same time, the candidates in pursuit of their Ph.D degrees foresee the changes of societal and industry standards, trends and behavioural patterns; the very same qualities that make them brilliant and effective leaders.

Graduates from this programme can work, for example,

  • In the media, advertising and publishing industry (e.g. script-writers, journalists, writers, editors, copywriters, proof-readers);
  • In corporate communication;
  • In the education industry (e.g. corporate trainers, language teachers/instructors, teacher educators, programme/curriculum developers, education managers/administrators at government and private schools and institutions, researchers and lecturers in higher education);
  • As translators and interpreters;
  • As language or linguistic consultants (e.g. linguistic and language-related fieldwork, researchers, analysing linguistic aspects of spoken and written texts).
This PhD programme is based on individual supervised research. At the end of the candidate's study, a thesis must be submitted and upon successful defence of the paper, the candidate will be granted a doctoral degree. All research proposals must be approved and supervised by the Faculty. PhD candidates’ theses must not exceed 100,000 words. They are required to complete their studies within 12 semesters.
A master’s degree from a recognized university. Those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a CGPA of 3.7 and above can apply directly for the PhD programme.

Twice per academic year
September for Semester I
February for Semester II

Last Update: 24/02/2022