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PhD English

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
8270.58 USD
National
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Department
Faculty of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The UBC English Graduate Program, one of the most vibrant and wide-ranging in Canada, has been awarding the M.A. degree since 1919. Students may earn the degree in each of two areas: English Literature and English Language. Indeed, the UBC English Department is one of the few departments in North America to offer a language program in addition to its literary programs.

The English Language program includes specializations in history and structure of language, discourse and genre analysis, and history and theory of rhetoric. Faculty members in the Language program teach and supervise research in descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, functional grammar, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, stylistics, genre studies, and history and theory of rhetoric. Students in the English Literature program can take advantage of Language graduate courses; recent offerings include courses on reported speech and its rhetorical versatility across genres; the uses of classical rhetoric for contemporary critical practice; and cognitive approaches to the language of literature. By the same token, Language students can take advantage of the wide variety of Literature courses our department offers.

The English Literature program includes specializations across the periods, genres, and major figures of British, North American and World Literature in English. Current research initiatives on the part of faculty include such diverse topics as the ecocritical study of Renaissance drama; the triumph of transport in Romantic poetry; the impact of radio and television on modernist poetics; the politics of post-identity in Asian American literature, and the role of war and its traumatic shocks in twentieth-century Canadian, U.S. and British literature. Graduate students can also choose to work across disciplinary fields, taking advantage of UBC's outstanding interdisciplinary programs in Medieval Studies, Canadian and U.S. Studies, Studies in Sexuality, and Science and Technology Studies, among others.

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Eligibility Criteria

The program limits Ph.D. admissions to students with at least first class standing in the M.A. degree, and also advises that entry to the program is very competitive: first class standing at the M.A. level is not enough in itself to guarantee admission. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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Course Modules

Students undertaking Ph.D. studies in English, with either a language or literature emphasis, will normally complete 15 credits of coursework in their first year of study (five graduate seminars), prepare for and write their Qualifying Examinations in Year 2, write their dissertation prospectus for approval at the beginning of Year 3, and research into their dissertations in Years 3 and 4. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Students consult with the Ph.D. Chair and their Qualifying Supervisor in planning their coursework. Coursework enables students to prepare for research, as well as to broaden their knowledge of the discipline and fulfill the breadth expectations. Students of contemporary areas of English will be reminded of the value of advanced study of historical periods and topics in professional preparation. Serious study in a range of areas prepares students for their own projects, and for the job market.

Students will normally select courses from the rich variety of graduate seminars offered by the

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How to Apply

All applicants must submit:

  •  Completed application form and application fee via the online system.
  • Statement of Intent.

Please provide/upload a statement that describes the specific nature of the research you propose to conduct during your MA (maximum length=500 words, single-spaced, Times Roman 12pt font) or PhD (maximum length=1,000 words, single-spaced, Times Roman 12pt font) degree studies. If you plan to write an MA thesis, specify your research question, its context, objectives, methodology, and anticipated contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Identify potential faculty supervisors and indicate if you have already been in touch with them regarding your project. If you plan to do an MA degree through course work, describe your research interests and objectives and the nature of the studies you hope to pursue. In either case, for the MA thesis and the MA coursework option, indicate whether there are specific resources (for example, faculty, library collections, research groups, and other programs) that make UBC a particularly good fit for you and your proposed research. Your research statement provides a basis from which the admissions committee can assess your readiness for graduate research. Should you be admitted, this research statement will also form the groundwork for grant applications to be completed in the fall of the first year of your program. If you are applying to the PhD program, your Statement of Intent should specify your research question, its context, objectives, methodology, and anticipated contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Identify potential faculty supervisors and indicate if you have already been in touch with them regarding your project. Indicate whether there are particular resources (for example, faculty, library collections, research groups, and other programs) that make UBC a particularly good fit for you and your proposed research. Your research statement provides a basis from which the admissions committee can assess your readiness for independent research. Should you be admitted, this research statement will also form the groundwork for grant applications to be completed in the fall of the first year of your program.

  • Three letters of academic recommendation.

The Department of English accepts electronic submission of letters of reference. Once you have submitted your application via the on-line system, your referees will be sent a link via the email supplied in your application and they can then submit their references electronically.

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended,

including universities currently being attended and all transcripts for transfer credits, exchange years etc., are required and may now be uploaded via the on-line system. If recommended for admission, two official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended will be a condition of admission as required by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. These documents must be in sealed, endorsed envelopes from the issuing institution. NOTE: Current and former UBC students do not need to send in official UBC transcripts as part of their graduate application package. However, such students should be aware that they are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions they have attended (e.g. exchange year, transfer year, etc.)

  • A recent essay or writing sample (maximum 20 pages, single-spaced, 12 pt Times Roman font) may now also be uploaded via the on-line system. Hardcopies will not be required, but will be accepted if submitted.

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