Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

English Literature (PhD)

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Program Information

School:Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Science
Field of Study:English Language and Literature, General
Description:Students of the doctoral program develop their research across the axes of literary theory, history, and historiography; medium, format, and genre; and literary production, circulation, and reception. By approaching historical literary forms (poetry, drama, fiction, non-fiction) in relation to their modern and contemporary manifestations (digital poetics, sound recordings, video game studies, locative media), our students temper their comprehension of the history of literature with an awareness of the material and cultural aspects of media. The program trains students to engage with the worldliness of texts, and to challenge received acceptations of the high cultural category of the “literary” and its relations to larger networks of production more generally. By providing students with a broad background and assured theoretical orientation in historical and contemporary periods, the program helps students develop the intensive disciplinary self-consciousness that propels the renewal of the field.

The Ph.D. program involves coursework, two comprehensive examinations, a series of professional development seminars, the submission of a thesis prospectus, and independent research toward the completion of a dissertation project. Additionally, students are required to demonstrate reading knowledge of a language, other than English, of demonstrated relevance to their program of research.
URL:English Literature (PhD) at Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $22,162

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*80

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Admission requires a Master's degree in English or its equivalent with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    Application Notes : Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their undergraduate and graduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, research ability and a letter of intent. The following criteria serve as additional admission requirements: promise as a scholar as demonstrated by letter of intent and submitted writing sample, relevance of proposed research to the program, and feasibility of proposed research in terms of material resources including faculty supervision.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Official transcript in sealed envelope, statement of purpose, three letters of reference, and proof of legal status in Canada are required.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 25, 2021

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