Education & Humanities

Two Foreign Languages


Two Foreign Languages​


PhD in Two Foreign Languages Education  

Program length

2 years




English Language

Program description

PhD in TESOL is an innovative graduate degree program that will cater for participants’ individualized needs to understand and implement scientific research skills essential for an academic career in TESOL. This doctoral degree program consists of six full-time English-medium courses studied in two semesters to provide and build the theoretical foundation of candidates. To pass a qualifying exam after the preliminary oral defense of their PhD dissertation in their last semester, they need to demonstrate a significant knowledge about the content of courses, which mainly focus on qualitative and quantitative research methods in education, Applied Linguistics and particularly TESOL methodologies. To be eligible for the doctoral degree, candidates have to complete a pedagogical and a research practicum at a higher educational institution; publish seven articles, one of which is published in an international research journal indexed by Scopus or Thomson Reuters; visit a university abroad where it is possible to get consultancy from an international academician – a professor with similar research interests with the candidate and agrees to review the final version of the dissertation; provide external review and defend the doctoral dissertation orally in English in front of an authorized Dissertation Committee three months after the pre-defense and qualifying attestation. The faculty promote excellence in research activities of the doctoral students, highly value the intellectual efforts that focus on genuine ethical research with significant impact on language education.

Learning outcomes

  • The program provides a strong pedagogical basis and encouragement to quench the intellectual thirst of doctoral researchers in TESOL.
  • As an essential qualification for those who wish to teach English at university level, this PhD program empowers you with professionalism and competitiveness as well as with genuinely practiced critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Enhances your career prospects in ELT by enabling you to obtain more senior or specialized positions such as a senior teacher, teacher trainer, consultant, materials developer or program coordinator, head of an educational department, a candidate for top management positions.

Compulsory & elective modules (courses)

Semester 1

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
Special Topics in TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Pedagogical Practicum in a Higher Educational Institution
Critical Issues in English Language Teacher Education
Research Design of Doctoral Dissertation Intercultural Communication Research in TESOL
TESOL Curriculum Design and Materials Development 

Semester 2

Quantitative Data and Analysis in Educational Research
Doctoral Research Practicum (Data Collection Instrumentation)
Doctoral Dissertation: Literature Review
Special Topics in Sociolinguistics and TESOL
Issues in ICT and Digital Literacy in Language Education
Graduate Seminars: Research Proposal Presentations

Semester 3

Doctoral Dissertation: Field Work (Data Collection & Analysis)
Doctoral Dissertation: Extended Literature Review – 1
Graduate Seminars: Research Article Presentations – 1

Semester 4

Doctoral Dissertation: External Internship Abroad
Doctoral Dissertation: Extended Literature Review- 1
Graduate Seminars: Research Article Presentations -2


You can undertake new areas of professional activities, make quite frequent international academic visits, enjoy the publicity of authorship for significant research papers, work in culturally diverse educational settings, which demand the intercultural knowledge and competence of English as a global language.




Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: