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The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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170 - 6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

English (PhD) - Doctor of Philosophy in English

   
Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: English Language and Literature, General
Description 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. English Language 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. English Literature 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. The Graduate Program of the Department of English is a vibrant community of more than 50 graduate faculty and 100 graduate students. An active graduate caucus, extensive campus resources, and such local resources as departmental research seminars, a graduate reading room, and a dedicated graduate program office, ensure that our students are well-supported in a collegial atmosphere throughout their programs. A pedagogy training program prepares our students to teach both during and after their programs.
Website: English (PhD) - Doctor of Philosophy in English at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Areas of Research: English Literature specializations: periods, genres, and major figures of British, North American and World Literature in English. English Language specializations: history and structure of language, discourse and genre analysis, and history and theory of rhetoric.
Thesis Based? Yes
Requirements
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 76
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 615] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 258] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 104] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration)
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
A recent essay or writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages). Electronic copies are not accepted at this time. Please submit a hard copy directly to the English Graduate Office.

* 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.

Last Updated: September 19, 2017