PhD program

Regardless of where you are ultimated headed, as a PhD student in our department you will start by acquiring a solid foundation in Formal Linguistics. This will provide you with the tools you need to explore language and linguistics from a wide range of intertwined perspectives.

You can get a sense of the kinds of topics you might work on by scrolling through our recent projects, theses, and dissertations. Our students tackle cutting-edge research questions in many different areas of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics (language learning and teaching), and Indigenous language documentation and revitalization.

Requirements

  • Coursework: 9 units (6 courses)
  • Language requirement: two languages other than English - see the UVic Academic Calendar on how you can satisfy this requirement
  • Candidacy exam: two substantial research papers in different fields, one of which must be in theoretical syntax or phonology. 
  • Dissertation: normally 18 units of Ling 699

Timeline

This timeline should serve as a guide to you in completing your PhD, designed to be a 4-5 year program.

  • Year 1, September - April: Complete bulk of coursework (6 courses total = 9 units)
  • Year 1, Summer: Start work on Candidacy paper(s)
  • Year 2, September - April: Finish up coursework; work on Candidacy paper(s)
  • Year 2, Summer: work on Candidacy Papers
  • Year 3: Finish Candidacy papers; defend dissertation proposal (ABD status); prepare/submit ethics application (if required)
  • Year 4-5: Get ethics approval (if required); write and defend dissertation

Staying on track

  • Program form: Every September, you should meet with your supervisor to review and update your program form, and then submit it to our graduate secretary ) by Sept. 30. This will let you keep track of your progress as you work through your program of study.
  • CAPP repot: You can also always access your CAPP (Curriculum and Program Planning) report through My page, under Student Services. Here you will be able to see where you stand with respect to meeting your degree requirements.
  • Checklist: The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a handy checklist for completion of a PhD degree.