Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics

Departments and Partners

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics is offered by the Department of Linguistics in the K.M. Institute of Hindi and Linguistics of the University.

Course Structure, Evaluation and Duration

PhD. in Linguistics is a 4-year programme including the compulsory 6-month course work in which the candidate is expected to undertake independent research in an area of one's interest. After the completion of the 4 years, the candidates are expected to produce a comprehensive and original thesis describing the methods and results of their research. The thesis will be evaluated by the supervisor and two external examiners, followed by a defense and viva-voce. The degree is awarded on the basis of the recommendation of the examiners.

Under exceptional circumstances, the doctoral candidate may be given an additional 2 years for completing the doctoral research.

For complete details on the regulations related to PhD, please go through the PhD ordinance.

Research Areas

The doctoral candidate may conduct research in any area / sub-discipline / related fields of Linguistics. The department especially focusses on research in South Asian Languages, especially on the lesser-known, minority and endangered languages; however, students willing to work in other languages are most welcome to apply.

Some of the focus areas of the faculties in the department include (but not limited to) -

  • Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics

  • Hate Speech, Aggression, Fake News, Misinformation and Propaganda Research

  • Sociopragmatics and Sociolinguistics

  • Language Description, Documentation, Grammar Writing, Lexicography in the specific context of endangered and minority languages.

  • Neurolinguistics and (Experimental) Psycholinguistics

  • Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition

  • Language Typology and Areal Linguistics

Admission Requirements

Minimum Eligibility: Post-graduation / MPhil in Linguistics / allied discipline with 55% or equivalent.

Number of Seats: 10**

Mode of Admission: Entrance Exam + Interview (based on the M.A. curriculum of the Institute and the UGC NET and GATE Syllabus for Linguistics)

**subject to availability of seats with individual supervisors

Fee Structure

Course Work Fees**: Rs.35,000

Thesis Fees**: Rs. 35,000

**Subject to revision and updation by the relevant bodies of the University / state government / any other competent body