The value of the Ph.D. programme in English Language and Linguistics lies in the need to produce highly qualified scholars who will contribute to socio-cultural development from the perspective of language, linguistics and communication. Today‘s diverse and complex environment requires professions who possess the skills to resolve prevailing crises in terms of critical analyses of cultural values, communal attitudes, and communicaton studies at the highest level of intellectual interactions. In the twenty-first century, perhaps more than ever before, there is an ever-increasing need for for highly trained linguists in wide-ranging settings, such as education, community development, international organizations, etc., where the traditional role of English as a global language is critical. Research in languages and linguistics continues to play a crucial role in produce new knowledge through which prevailing issues in the society and the world at large that remain unresolved can be adequately addressed, and the Ph.D. degree in the area constitutes the most appropriate basis from which to pursue that mission.
The specific objectives for the Ph.D. degree in Languages and Linguistics are as follows:
i) To train scholars who, through research, will contribute considerably to the development of knowledge in English Language and Linguistics;
ii) To prepare highly competent college or university-level teachers;
iii) To train professionals who will utilize their linguistics and communication skills to effect positive transformations within local, regional or international settings.
To qualify for admission into the Ph.D in English Language and Linguistics programme of Egerton University, one must have obtained a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Linguistics from Egerton University or its equivalent from a recognised higher institution of learning and to have written an acceptable research proposal in an appropriate topic in consultation with experts from the Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. The procedure of getting a research proposal accepted is as follows:
i) The student presents a concept paper to the Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics through the Post-Graduate School.
ii) The application for admission, together with the concept are vetted by a Departmental panel of experts.
iii) If the application is approved, the candidate is given provision admission to the Department;
iv) Within six months, the student, working under the direction of Supervisors provided by the Department, drafts and defends a proposal bebefore the Department and the Faculty.
v) If the proposal is approved by the Faculty, it proceeds to the Graduate School, where it is reviewed by the Board of Post-Graduate Studies, and if successful the student is registered as a Ph.D. candidate.
Programme Structure and Duration
The Ph.D programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for Ph.D in English Language and Linguistics
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in English Language and Linguistics shall be required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University statute XXIX.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Linguistics shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for PhD in English Language and Linguistics shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in English Language and Linguistics a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
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