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Doing a thesis | Programa de doutoramento Estudos Lingüísticos

Doing a thesis

What do I need to know to get started?

You must have a sound knowledge of languages and linguistic studies at a Master’s degree or a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA in Spanish). In case such knowledge cannot be fully accredited, admission may be subject to the candidate doing certain additional training.


The project

After completing the admission process, the first four months will be focussed on the preparation of a thesis project. To that end, you will have to review everything published on the topic you have chosen (this is called “the state of the art”), in order to establish your starting point. You will furthermore have to design a methodology and get to know what your most important bibliographic sources are, and the data sample available (“the corpus”), in case you manage to put one together. This project will be presented and defended before an evaluation committee.


Supervising and tutoring

Each thesis is a personal challenge and shows the ability of the PhD student to interpret data and to come up with possible explanations for the phenomena studied. You will be guided in this task by someone who has already obtained his/her PhD. Another person (a lecturer on the PhD program) will advise you on making the appropriate decisions to complete your training in line with the PhD program requisites and the particular objectives of your research). These people will be assisted by a third person to complete the tutor committee, which will be responsible for regularly monitoring your research work over the duration of the thesis.


A research stay abroad

A good way to boost research skills is by spending some time in a foreign university or research centre, and work within a research team. This will enable you to complete or extend your perspective on the thesis topic and provide you with analysis techniques that you did not have the opportunity to us before. The Linguistic Studies PhD program has interesting partners abroad that you can benefit from.

How long will I take?

Three years working full-time or five years working part-time.