Doctor of Philosophy in English (Literature)

University of Lahore

DELL'S doctoral program in English with specialization in literature offers training in a wide range of fields including postcolonial and postmodern literature, film and screen studies, women's literature, creative non-fiction, war literature, and many others. Keeping in view the interdisciplinary nature of academic research, we also offer courses having intersectional focus on language and literature. These include courses on literary stylistics, semiotics, literature in translation, and others. The program consists of three major components: coursework, comprehensive examination, and research dissertation. Together, these elements introduce students to a variety of textual modes, and critical methodologies; provide extensive practice in research, discussion, argument, and writing; and develop pedagogical skills.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of PhD English will meet the specialized and demanding needs of a career in the increasingly competitive field of English literary studies, and seek promising employment position in respective areas of specialization. These prominently include careers in higher education and university teaching, academic research in the field of English literature, writing and editing, etc. 

Courses Offered

Semester 1
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Advanced Research Methodology 3
2 Elective I 3
3 Elective II 3
Semester 2
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Communication Theories: Interdisciplinary Concepts in English Linguistics and Literature 3
2 Elective III 3
3 Elective IV 3
Semester 3
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Research Thesis (Proposal)
Semester 4
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Research Thesis 6
Semester 5
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Research Thesis 6
Semester 6
Sr. No. Course Title Cr.Hrs
1 Research Thesis 6


Offered at Campuses

 UoL Main Campus, Defence Road, Lahore

Fact File

Program Duration: 3-8 years

Entry Requirements: 

i) M.Phil./ M.S. or equivalent with minimum 3.00 CGPA

ii) GAT Subject Test/ departmental evaluation test & interview

Program Recognition
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