The University Of Georgia
Program name: English Philology
Study Level: Doctoral
Program leader: Chkheidze Maia
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: PhD in Philology
Program capacity: 60
Program permission: Applicants holding a master's degree or an equivalent academic credential in the fields of humanities or social sciences are eligible for admission to the doctoral program, provided they can present documentation attesting to their proficiency in the English language, which should be at least at the B2 level (Upper-intermediate). This proof of language proficiency may take the form of an international certificate in English language proficiency, a diploma or an accompanying document validating the completion of a bachelor's or master's program conducted in English, or the successful completion of an intra-university English language proficiency examination. Additionally, candidates are required to present their research proposal and successfully pass an interview in their respective field of specialization. In the selection process, the school board evaluates candidates based on the following criteria: a) The candidate's aptitude for conducting research. b) The alignment of the research proposal and subject matter with the school's scientific focus and available academic resources. These criteria guide the school board's decision-making process regarding the admission of candidates into the doctoral program.
Program goals:

The primary goal of the program is to train highly skilled specialists capable of employing ethical competence, pertinent theories, and research methodologies within the complex and interdisciplinary field of philology. These specialists will possess the ability to apply these tools effectively in practical settings, acquiring the necessary knowledge for a holistic understanding of the complex relationship between the interdisciplinary dimensions of philological thought, particularly the intersection of linguistics and literary studies. They will excel in assimilating and critically analyzing information, while also expanding the boundaries of philological thought by synthesizing elements from the humanities (linguistics) and social sciences (social and cultural anthropology). This fusion will enable them to present significant societal phenomena in organized frameworks.

Furthermore, the program aims to instill the capacity to generate and implement innovative and integrative research to address contemporary philological challenges. Graduates will also be well-equipped to develop and deliver university-level courses, adhering to modern standards of teaching and evaluation.

A Doctor of Philology, thus prepared, will find opportunities for employment in various scientific research institutions, both governmental and non-governmental, that focus on contemporary philological issues. Alternatively, they can pursue careers in higher education, engaging in teaching and research within institutions of higher learning.


Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • The postgraduate knows:

    • The interdisciplinary and interparadigm context of contemporary approaches, drawing from the latest advancements in the realms of linguistics, literary studies, and social and cultural anthropology.
    • Characteristics of various intellectual tendences, theories, and thought paradigms, encompassing the principal theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to linguistics, literary studies, and social and cultural anthropology.
    • The principles ensuring the transformation of newly generated knowledge within the framework of interdisciplinary and interparadigm philological research into conclusive research outcomes.
    • The specifics of the structure and functions of the scientific worldview, along with the specifics of the cognitive and societal norms of the research. This includes an understanding of concepts such as objectivity, thoroughness, dynamism, and the regularities of social and cultural functioning.
    • The specifics related to producing an effective written text and preparing it for publication, as well as the specifics of scientific style, academic integrity, and the avoidance of plagiarism. They are also attuned to the specific linguistic and extralinguistic markers that contribute to effective presentation.
    • The principles and technologies necessary for developing and delivering university lecture courses, with a keen awareness of contemporary teaching and evaluation strategies.


  • Skills
  • The postgraduate:

    • Independently plans and carries out current research in the interdisciplinary and interparadigm field of philology by selecting and using necessary and sufficient methods for a deep and detailed analysis of the research problem;
    • Generates new, intersubjective and verifiable knowledge based on critical reflection on the latest data of the integrative field of philology;
    • analyzes the problems of the philosophy of science and establishes the validity of the argument when comparing different theories of the philosophy of science;
    • logically formulates a corresponding conclusion from the field of philosophy of science (logical positivism, falsification theory, scientific revolutions, scientific induction, realism) through relevant arguments of various theories;
    • formulates an argumentative conclusion based on reconciliation and critical analysis of complex and sometimes contradictory viewpoints and approaches presented in the process of independent research planning and implementation;
    • investigates the optimal way to analyze and solve the problem and makes a decision independently;
    • In the discussion, he/she clearly and reasonably presents the actual issues related to the relevant research methods of the field by integrating new knowledge with the existing one;
    • Produces an effective written text and prepares it for publication taking into account the specifics of the scientific style, the essence of academic honesty and plagiarism, as well as the specifics of linguistic and extra-linguistic markers of effective presentation;
    • Prepares and conducts lecture course(s) using modern teaching/assessment strategies.

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • The postgraduate:

    • Makes an innovative synthesis of relevant information for the integrative field of philology, carries out research focused on the generation of new knowledge, on the one hand, at the intersection of the fields of linguistics and literary studies, and on the other hand, at the intersection of the fields of linguistics and anthropology (social and cultural anthropology) by adhering to the relevant values, the norms of academic ethics and integrity.
  • Date of approval: 01-29-2021
    Approval protocol number: 01/21
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    Program details:

    The number of words of the doctoral thesis is determined by not less than 30,000 and not more than 35,000 words.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    The workload of a doctoral student encompasses two main components: educational and research.

    Educational Component (60 ECTS):

    ü  This component spans 60 ECTS and is distributed over the course of the academic year.

    ü  Within the educational component, there are semester-long study components, totaling 60 ECTS.

    ü  These study components comprise two categories: basic courses (45 ECTS) and electives (15 ECTS).

    ü  The program includes mandatory teaching practice, typically under the guidance of a professor, which is required for all doctoral students who lack relevant teaching experience at the institution.

    ü  The duration of a semester is determined to be 22 weeks, while an academic year encompasses 44 weeks.

    ü  The study components are overseen by the authors of the relevant courses.

    Research Component:

    ü  The research component is supervised by the scientific supervisor of the doctoral student.

    Publishing Obligation:

    ü  Doctoral students are obligated to publish at least one of the two scientific papers specified by the program in international peer-reviewed and/or refereed scientific journals. These journals must possess an impact factor or in reputable international scientific conferences. Additionally, publication in foreign scientific publications is permissible, provided it is in a peer-reviewed journal with an impact factor that is indexed in international scientific databases such as EBSCO, SCOPUS, Web of Science, or ERIH PLUS.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    LANG 7217academic writting for scientific publication10
    LING7335Dissertation in Philology0
    METH 7117modern teaching strategies in height education5
    PHIL7210Doctoral Module in Specialty I (Linguistics and Literary Studies)10
    PHIL7211Doctoral Module in Specialty II (Linguistics and Anthropology)10
    SCNC7110philosipy of sciense10

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    EENG7194Research project management10
    INFO7110E-Learning Management Systems5
    LANG 7210Text Processing and Translation5
    MATH 7010Quantitative Methods of Research10
    PDPR 7217education practice5

    Credits sum:


    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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