Oct 26, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
    
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

The Degree of PhD (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies) [Graduate]


All students are required to declare a specialization at the time of admission.

Students specializing in Applied Linguistics or Translation Studies will engage in research in a language other than English chosen from any of the languages in which the Department has sufficient current expertise.

Students specializing in Media and Cultural Studies or Transnational and Comparative Literatures will engage in research in at least one language or culture other than or in addition to the English-speaking context chosen from any of the areas in which the Department has sufficient current expertise.

Program Requirements


Students are required to complete a minimum of ★30, including ★21 in coursework, a ★3 portfolio, ★6 in colloquia and a thesis.

Required courses


  • ★18 in graduate-level courses in the area of specialization. Courses chosen will depend on the student's background and must be approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate).

Portfolio


The portfolio course consists of three modules tailored to the student's professional goals. See The Portfolio on the Department website for further information.

Thesis


  • Registration in 900-level THES.

Comprehensive Exams


The comprehensive exam tests the student's knowledge in areas related to their specialization. That knowledge will be gathered from 2 reading lists prepared by the student in consultation with the supervisor and approved by the supervisory committee. See Candidacy on the Department website for further information.

Candidacy Exam


The candidacy exam is an oral defense of the thesis proposal. Students are expected to complete the candidacy exam successfully in their second year of study. The candidacy exam must be successfully completed by the end of the student's third year in the program.

Professional Development Requirement


All students in MLCS fulfill the FGSR Professional Development  requirement through completion of the portfolio.

Language Requirement


PhD students must demonstrate at least a reading knowledge of two languages other than English. Credits taken to satisfy the language requirements do not count toward the degree.

Length of Program


The time necessary to complete the requirements for the PhD depends upon the student's progress. The expected time to completion is five to six years.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.