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Doctor of Philosophy Generic

Language & Communication

Who Should Enrol?

The Doctor of Philosophy programmes are designed for those who wish to carry out original research in various areas of language and communication. Students who are enrolled in these programmes will develop advanced research skills and experience which will allow the, to improve and make appropriate changes to current professional and communication practices.


Programme duration

Students can complete their study in a minimum of six (6) semesters to 16 semesters. The Doctor of Philosophy is awarded after the successful completion of 93 credits of thesis, three (3) credits of a compulsory university course and one (1) compulsory Language Academy course.


Programme Structure


Credit Hours



ONE Compulsory University Course


ONE Compulsory Language Academy Course

*HW – compulsory attendance




Key Research Areas

Interested applicants for both programmes may choose to conduct their research in the following areas:


Applied Linguistics

Media and Global Communication

Cultural and Intercultural Communication


English/Language for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Organisational and Institutional Discourse

Gender Communication

Political Discourse

Health Communication


Language Policy and Planning

Systemic Functional Linguistics


Technical Communication


Facts and Figures


31 Academic staff
16 Academic staff with PhD
150 International postgraduate students
201 Postgraduate students
973 Undergraduate students

Innovative Teaching and Learning

FSSH KL has four language laboratories and one state-of-the-art multimedia laboratory to facilitate teaching and learning on online platform.


English Language and Islamic Civilisation

Strong collaboration between English language and Islamic civilisation lecturers in providing quality education to students.

Cross-cultural experience

Summer School courses to international students are offered all year round.  Come join us for an adventurous and exciting cross-cultural learning experience.