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Overview

PhD research is a central and exciting part of the Department of English's research culture.

We offer a broad range of research skills that are tailored to the needs of the individual student who may be undertaking study in either linguistics, literature, or communication studies. These include time and project management, writing and communication skills, research methodologies, methods and ethics.

We also support interdisciplinary research in areas such as language technology, language education, medical humanities, and media studies. Our ongoing series of research seminars provides a forum for PhD students to share ideas and receive feedback from our team of experts in the field.

As part of our programme of professional development, we offer PhD students the opportunity to shadow a member of staff for one semester in order to develop their teaching skills. You will join an exciting and dynamic research community that facilitates leading-edge research opportunities.

Our PhD programme is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Please check the FAQ for further information about studying for a PhD at XJTLU.

Scholarships

Scholarships available in Business, Humanity and Social Sciences, and Design clusters

Scholarships are available to candidates who wish to pursue a research degree at the Department of English in the following areas:

  • English language, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language education, bilingualism and multilingualism, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, media discourse, modernism and postmodern literature, cosmopolitanism, Romanticism, and translation and interpreting studies

There will be two application rounds for each academic year:

First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and the decision will be announced in December.

Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and the decision will be announced in June.


Go to Scholarship page and find more information about how to apply for the scholarships.