Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
The PhD Degree

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements: UWI graduates in possession of the MA degree by coursework and/or the MPhil degree in the discipline in question in which the average course work mark is 60% or better may be allowed to register for the PhD degree.

Graduates from other recognised tertiary institutions who hold equivalent qualifications may be allowed to register for the PhD degree.

Upgrade from the MPhil: alternatively, students currently studying at UWI for the MPhil degree who have
  • achieved a grade of at least 60% in the required Reading Field,
  • successfully defended a Thesis Proposal of a scope and depth deemed worthy of an upgrade, and
  • consistently produced work of a standard, in the opinion of their Director, to merit an upgrade,
  • may be allowed to transfer to the PhD programme.
To this end, candidates will also be required to successfully complete an Upgrade Seminar according to the guidelines prescribed later in this pamphlet (see THE MPHIL UPGRADE SEMINAR »).

Availability of Expertise and Resources: admission to the PhD programme, it should be noted, is contingent upon whether candidates have a thesis proposal compatible with the expertise and resources available at Cave Hill.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Research Fields: full-time candidates who have not already completed a Research Field (or equivalent) at UWI or elsewhere are required in the course of their first two years of study to complete two (2) Research Fields, guided by a Supervisor, in areas pertinent to their research.

Full-time candidates who have already completed one Research Field (or equivalent) at UWI or elsewhere are required in the course of their first year of study for the PhD degree to complete only one (1) further Research Field, guided by a Supervisor, in an area pertinent to their research.

The Research Field consists of a reading list of prescribed texts deemed crucial in the field in question and of which candidates may substitute, in consultation with their Director, up to 20%. (See RESEARCH FIELDS » )

Candidates will be assessed by means of:
  • an annotated bibliography of the field (50%), and
  • a portfolio of written papers, or oral presentations, or both (also 50%).
This assessment will be conducted by a panel consisting of the Director and at least one other member of staff with expertise in the field.

Compulsory Seminar Presentations: candidates are required to demonstrate continued progress in their research in their specialist field by means of at least three (3) seminar presentations before a panel consisting of members of the Department and other interested parties. For the Seminar, candidates are required to write and present a paper (to be photocopied and distributed before hand) on a topic arising out of their research as well as to field questions put to them afterwards.

Thesis Proposal: full-time candidates preparing two Reading Fields are required, by the end of their second year of study, to present and defend a Thesis Proposal of acceptable scope and quality for the PhD degree.

Full-time candidates preparing only one Reading Field are required, by the end of their first year of study, to present and defend a Thesis Proposal of acceptable scope and quality for the PhD degree.

The Thesis Proposal must follow the guidelines set out later in this pamphlet. (See THE MPHIL/PHD THESIS PROPOSAL ».)

Thesis: full-time candidates who are successful in the above requirements then have at least two further years of study to research and write a thesis (80,000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography). (For further details on this, see THE MPHIL/PHD THESIS ».)

TIME LIMITS

Full-time candidates who are required to complete two Reading Fields must complete these requirements within five (5) calendar years of the start of the programme. Full-time candidates who are required to complete only one Reading Field must complete these requirements within four (4) calendar years of the start of the programme.

Part-time candidates have up to seven (7) years to complete the same requirements.

CONFERMENT OF THE PHD DEGREE

The successful completion of the Research Field(s), the seminar presentations, and the acceptance of the thesis will lead to the award of the PhD degree.

In short, in order to obtain the PhD degree, students must have:
  • successfully made at least three (3) Seminar Presentations;
  • successfully submitted and defended a Thesis (80,000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography).

OTHER INFORMATION

- MPhil Independent Reading Courses
- MPhil/PhD Research Fields
- MPhil/PhD Thesis Supervision
- MA/PhD Thesis Proposal
- MPhil/PhD Upgrade Seminar
- Study Plan

 




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