Programme Overview

Our Ph.D. in Literary, Linguistic and Historical Studies (henceforth Dills), offered at the Department of Humanities (Dipsum), is an interdisciplinary postgraduate research degree which aims to provide a thorough knowledge of international literature, linguistics as well as modern and contemporary history from European and global perspectives. Thanks to these goals, Dills offers research methods and tools which can be applied to the several research fields included in our programme.

You will attend training modules and seminars which are scheduled on a six-monthly basis. These activities will cover political and institutional issues as well as cultural, linguistic and multimedia systems intended to define methodologies and narrative tools, learning and writing skills, which will be of benefit to future careers, whether in publishing, cultural industry or advanced research centres.

Dills interdisciplinary approach fosters the connection between literature, linguistics and historiography by highlighting how they complement one another. From this perspective, Dills is organised into four study programmes: Literary Studies, Linguistic Studies, Historical Studies and International Studies. This allows our Ph.D. students to be equipped with strong discipline-specific education, while sharing wide generic and practical knowledge. Our Ph.D. candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to gain highly specialised skills in their research field, in addition to learning about different heuristic and educational dimensions, which is key to sound education in humanities.

Our Ph.D. candidates have constant access to a supervisor who regularly checks and verifies the Ph.D. candidate’s progress in their research project as well as paper writing, which leads to their participation in conventions and conferences along with publications in the field. This supervision continues up until the completion of the research project and its presentation at the final examination board viva.

Even after obtaining the Ph.D. qualification, further support and opportunities are still available in the form of study bursaries, research grants as well as contracts, particularly abroad.  

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