The Doctoral Program in Language Sciences is planned to be concluded within 4 years. To achieve the title of Doctor in Language Sciences, the student must complete 48 credits in subjects and 12 credits in dissertation work.
The 1st trimester of the course is dedicated to compulsory courses in the concentration area: Linguistic Studies, Philosophy of Language and Aesthetics.
In the 2nd trimester, the student takes two basic courses in the chosen research line. Text and Discourse and Discourse Analysis are basic courses in Text and Discourse research line; Cultural Studies and Literary Theory are basic courses in Language and Culture research line.
In the 3rd trimester, students have multiple opportunities to deal with specific theories which can be related to their research project. This phase aims to establish an explicit connection between academic and research formation. Through Special Topics, advisers present theories and methodologies that will support their advisees’ research projects.
During the 2nd semester and on the way through the 3rd semester, students participate in Advanced Seminaries. This course has two stages: firstly, students write their dissertation project; secondly, the students present the project to an examination board and to other doctoral students and professors.
In the 4th semester, students take a course named Advanced Reading Topics. In it the they deepens the research fields, and starts to write their dissertation.
Simultaneously, students will have to attend Elective Courses to complete at least 45 credits. In addition, students will have to complete at least 3 credits in Complementary Academic Activities (academic and research activities associated to the PPGCL).
During the 5th and 6th semester, students must prepare the qualification version of the dissertation. This stage culminates with the written qualification of the dissertation by an examination board composed by two professors.
Lastly, the student elaborates the final version of the dissertation, sends it to the examination board, and has a public defense.