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Programme:

English Language and Literature

Study Cycle: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2019 / 2020
Title: Doctor of Philology / Field: English Language and Literature
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation

The department of English Language and Literature is the largest language Department at SEE University with 14 full-time staff and it has existed since the foundation of SEE University, in 2001. It functions as part of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications. The English Department offers bachelor studies (BA) of English language and literature in a three year programme which follows the European model of 180 ECTS. The Department also offers an MA in English Language Teaching in the second cycle which can be finished within 2 academic years. However from 2012/2013 the English Department will offer a PhD programme. After the completion of this programme the students gain the title Doctor of philological sciences in the field of English Studies. This programme is focused, first of all in linguistics, literature, culture, translation, teaching methodology of English as a foreign language (EFL). With a team of local and English native speaker teachers, who are best qualified to lecture using the most modern methods, our Department is highly respected within the region and offers the very best of contemporary language instruction. The quality of our language departments within the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communications is reflected in the placing of SEE University in second place in the national rankings for Macedonia.

The PhD programme follows an innovative design which supports original research alongside subject-related electives which will deepen students’ existing knowledge within the field. All PhD instructors are themselves experienced researchers with a proven track record of publications in the fields of English literature, linguistics and ELT. The programme allows students to follow a structured pathway of academic development with opportunities to present research findings and publish research papers within the perameters of the programme. Students will benefit from the opportunities for interaction with peers and colleagues where ideas can be tested and developed. In this manner, studying for  a PhD in English can be a rewarding as well as challenging experience.

Successful students of the PhD programme in English can expect to have wide range of teaching opportunities available to them at third level and at secondary (High School) level. Indeed, only holders of a PhD qualification will be able to teach at University level in the Macedonian education sector after 2015. However, career options are not restricted to the academic professions and successful students may choose to enter a range of other spheres including: State administration, the diplomatic service, work for non-governmmental organisations in the sphere of cultural politics and in cultural mediation as well as work as translators and interpreters; or in the fields of media, and in publishing houses; or in international corporations or tourism.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Shows a systematic understanding of the chosen field of research and perfect knowledge of research methods and skills.
  • Demonstrates specialist knowledge of Applied  Linguistics, English Literature, Culture and the Civilization of English-speaking countries.
  • Has professional knowledge and understanding of the major trends in English language teaching methodology at secondary and tertiary level.
  • Acquires academic capacity for independent academic research.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Shows ability to interpret, design, apply and adapt essential subject of research with scientific integrity; 
  • Gives contribution through original researches which transcend the existing boundaries of knowledge, develops new knowledge,evaluated at the level of national and international reviewed publications; 
  • Use academic written and spoken English in a scholarly manner for the purpose of transmitting new ideas and findings.
Making judgement
  • Shows ability for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new complex ideas;
  • Shows ability to independently initiate and participate in national and international research networks and events;
  • Shows ability to independently initiate research and development projects through which new knowledge will be contributed to the research field; 
  •  Is able to independently evaluate the importance and intellectual substance of peer research within a chosen research field
  • Can make complex methodological judgments in research design and analyses in the area of English Language and Literature Studies.
Communication skills
  • Can communicate with his/ her colleagues, the wider academic community and society as a whole within a chosen area of expertise; 
  • Shows communicative competence in the classroom in terms of class management in secondary and tertiary level;
  • Shows ability to maintain intellectual clarity of English in discussion, written or verbal, of complex ideas.
Learning skills
  • Be capable of promoting himself/herself within an academic and professional framework
  • Is able to advance his/her own research within the technological, social or cultural framework of a knowledge- based society.
  • Can independently research any topic related to his/her field using acquired learning and research skills.

Semester 1

  • [10 ECTS] Research Methodology
    This course aims to help students to develop research skills necessary for developing, implementing and completing their PhD research project. Throughout the course, students will learn about the philosophical and historical stages of development of the research methodology, then they will explore qualitative research methods, the differences between a qualitative and quantitative research approach, the ethical issues of research, as well as the techniques mostly of qualitative research. In this sense, they will become familiar with techniques such as ethnographic research, observation, interviews, surveys, focus groups and suchlike methodologies. This course will also include information on the following topics: defining the topic, bibliography, citation rules, organizing work and thesis structure.
  • [10 ECTS] Core Issues in Teaching Language and Literature
    This advanced level language teaching module aims to encourage students to reflect on the relationship between theory and their own teaching practice. The module aims to revise and deepen students’ competence in certain key areas of language education and methodology including: learner-centred teaching methodology, task-based learning, classroom interaction, teacher development in language teaching, contemporary technologies in language teaching, critical issues (social, political) in language teaching.
  • [10 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation Writing
    Students of third cycle are accepted to a study program and are expected to pursue their studies based on their selection of study problems related to their PhD thesis. They collect materials for the thesis; interpret theoretical and empirical materials and findings by using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods as well as clearly articulated theoretical frameworks. This course will assist students in the orientation of their research work.

Semester 2

  • [10 ECTS] Review and Approval of the Doctoral Dissertation Plan
    Students of third cycle are accepted to a study program and are expected to pursue their studies based on their selection of study problems related to their PhD thesis. They collect materials for the thesis; interpret theoretical and empirical materials and findings by using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods as well as clearly articulated theoretical frameworks. This course will assist students in the orientation of their research work.
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course 2
    • Sociolinguistics and Language Education
    • Advanced Academic Composition
    • Shakespeare and His Age
    • Literary Theory
    • Foreign Language Learning
    • Multiculturalism
    • International Communication
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Sociolinguistics and Language Education
    • Advanced Academic Composition
    • Shakespeare and His Age
    • Literary Theory
    • Foreign Language Learning
    • Multiculturalism
    • International Communication

Semester 3/4

Concentration: Semester 3 / Semester 4
  • [40 ECTS] Scientific Research Work
    Students of third cycle are accepted to a study program and are expected to pursue their studies based on their selection of study problems related to their PhD thesis. They collect materials for the thesis; interpret theoretical and empirical materials and findings by using appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods as well as clearly articulated theoretical frameworks. This course will assist students in the orientation of their research work.
  • [20 ECTS] Publications I
    Candidates during the process of pursuing PhD studies and especially during the preparation of their doctoral dissertation are required to publish an integral part of the dissertation in various scientific journals. They also need to present academic papers at various conferences and to publish the same.

Semester 5

  • [20 ECTS] Presentation of Research Results
    The main feature of the presentation of the results of research of the third cycle of studies lies in the original contribution to knowledge gained. Research on a doctoral dissertation is evidence which proves that the researcher has made an original contribution in the field s/he has chosen. Research results must prove two main things: that the candidate has identified a valid problem or an issue that has not yet been fully explored, and that s/he has solved the problem or contributed to a better understanding of this issue.
  • [10 ECTS] Publications II
    For successful work and research engagement, the candidate needs to develop and support a variety of publication activities related to their training and development in order to achieve greater efficiency in the field of science and research. Therefore, all the papers and certain topics of the doctoral dissertation, as well as the scientific papers that are presented in various symposiums and seminars, annual collections, together with any written materials prepared by the candidate should be published as an integral part of the candidate’s doctoral studies.

Semester 6

  • [30 ECTS] Doctoral Thesis
    Work on the doctoral thesis enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and accomplish the more complex task of writing a Doctoral Thesis. This module is designed to be fully practical and students are expected to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the thesis. The module aims for an optimal return – result: to enable students to write the doctoral thesis with minimal difficulties, and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and stylistic aspects of academic writing, ensuring at the same time adherence to academic good practice such as citation of sources, respect of copyright and good academic conduct within the Statutes of SEE University.
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