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Doctoral program in Linguistics

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Doctor in Linguistics

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8 semesters

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01/07/2023 - 17/10/2023

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March 2024

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$5.000.000 (annually)

Program Description

The Doctoral Program in Linguistics offered by the Faculty of Literature of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile responds to studying human language scientifically and at the highest academic level. Its essential purpose is to train young researchers with a robust knowledge base that will allow them to make a significant and relevant contribution to the academic and social environment. We expect our graduates to work from humanistic and supportive ethics in the joint and open construction of linguistic studies, to have the capacity to produce, founded on our Latin American reality, actual knowledge that dialogues with that of specialists from the rest of the world and, finally, to be able to contribute to open new spaces in the disciplines that make up linguistics.

Years of Accreditation

  • Six years, up to November 2026

Learning Outcomes

By the general and specific objectives, the expected learning outcomes include the development of the following skills:

  • Mastery, at an advanced level of breadth and depth, of the general theoretical knowledge of the linguistic discipline and their particular area of specialization.
  • Ability to generate, autonomously, new knowledge significant to the field.
  • Ability to discern which theory and method to use according to the nature of the object of study and research objectives.
  • Ability to participate in transdisciplinary teams (multi and interdisciplinary) and national and international scientific research networks.
  • Ability to disseminate the product of their research in an appropriate form according to various discursive genres.
  • Ability to discern the different areas of their work by ethical principles and values in their actions.

Research Areas

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Area of Chilean and American Spanish.

Area of discourse studies.

Area of discourse and communication.

Application Requirements

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Admission to the Doctoral program in Linguistics requires meeting the following application requirements:

  1. To own a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in linguistics, applied linguistics, or related areas, awarded by Chilean universities. In having academic degrees of foreign origin, these must be equivalent to those mentioned above.
  2. To provide proof of academic and professional background that shows the applicants’ previous education and experience by the training requirements of the program (Applicants’ curriculum vitae).
  3. To submit a written statement of purpose explaining the applicants’ interest in the program and their academic goals for pursuing doctoral studies, as well as the commitments of dedication that they are subscribing to (letter of intent, interests, and motivations).
  4. To submit an outline of research project.
  5. To demonstrate understanding of the English language, sufficient to understand it in written form, at a level that allows them to read articles, books, and access international documents and databases.
  6. At least two letters of recommendation.
  7. Certificates of placement or ranking of the students among the graduates of the last five years or the percentile in which they were obtaining the previous academic degrees.

Graduation Requirements

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  • To have passed the study plan
  • To have the research and the original text of the thesis approved by the thesis committee.
  • To comply with the requirements for graduation
  • To have spent a minimum of four semesters in the Program.
  • To have approved the thesis, including its public defense examination.
  • To have accredited and certified proficiency in English language and with application in academic fields, equivalent to ALTE level 3.
  • To be the lead author of at least one scientific article in process of review in a journal with ISI, Scopus, Scielo and Latindex indexing or book with external editorial committee in the discipline.
  • To have passed at least three transversal skills workshops, one of which must be of an ethical nature.

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