Academic Programs

MPhil English (Linguistics)

Introduction Rationale Courses Program summary


The MPhil English (Linguistics) program is one of the most successful research programs of the university and a large number of graduates have successfully completed their MPhil program from DELL.

The MPhil scholars are required to study eight courses, over a period of three semesters. They study a core course each on Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods to prepare to do research and thesis writing. Other core courses include General Linguistics, Phonetics & Phonology, Syntactic Theory, Semantics & Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics. These courses are designed to cover the basic levels of linguistic analysis and explore the functions of language in society. The eight courses earn the scholars a total number of 24 credit hours; each course earns them 3 credit hours individually. After accumulating 24 credit hours through coursework, the MPhil scholars are required to write a thesis of minimum 20,000 words, on a topic of their own choosing, which is original and relevant to their intellectual and social context. The thesis earns the scholars a total of 6 credit hours and its completion is a prerequisite for the completion of MPhil degree. The research work in thesis is conducted under the supervision of an officially nominated supervisor.

Thesis (compulsory)

  • Thesis (20-30 thousand words)

Program Objectives

  1. Equip the students with the latest knowledge and skills required in the field
  2. Enable the students to solve real-life problems related to language in a professional way
  3. Enable the students to reflect on the structure of language and theories of language acquisition and to make original contributions to them

Career Prospects

MPhil graduates have a bright career ahead of them. Many MPhil scholars are working as language teachers during the course of their degree. However, it is incorrect to stereotype MPhil Applied Linguistics graduates as language teachers. Indeed, they can look forward to a very bright career in various professional fields. However, a lot depends on the scholars themselves, i.e., how innovative they prove themselves to be in real-life situations. Potential careers for MPhil graduates may include jobs related to policy making with reference to the role of language in a multilingual Pakistani society, content writing, translation & interpretation, curriculum design and teacher training, research work in the field, language-related jobs in print and electronic media  etc.

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