What will I learn?

Students in the PhD program undertake the most advanced, research-intensive degree offered by the Department of English. The program consists of courses, candidacy exams, and a doctoral dissertation, and it aims to prepare students for a variety of humanities careers (for recent job placements, see here). The degree is normally completed in 5 years.

PhD students in the Department of English may pursue a concentration in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT). The CSPT program provides interdisciplinary coursework and candidacy training with a focus on critical theory and intellectual exploration of contemporary issues. It hosts a small cohort of committed students from across the humanities and social sciences who want to use theory to understand contemporary social and political phenomena.

PhD students who enroll in the CSPT concentration do half of their coursework in CSPT-designated courses, complete one of their candidacy exams as a CSPT exam, and write a dissertation with a substantial theoretical component. Their supervisor(s) and members of their examination and supervisory committees are normally CSPT-affiliated faculty.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
Estimate tuition fee: CAN $5,074 (2 terms)
Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Humanities

Clearihue Building C305,


British Columbia (BC),

V8P 5C2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have completed an acceptable master’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution recognized by UVic or You may be considered if you have the equivalent of an A- average in the last two years of a bachelor’s degree.

English Language requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Require a minimum of 90 with the following minimum section requirements: Listening 20; Speaking 20; Reading 20; Writing 20. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 575 on the paper-based test. Individual departments may set a higher standard.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5, with no score of less than 6.0 on each individual component on the Academic IELTS is required.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) - A score of 90 on the MELAB will be accepted

Application deadlines:

International students: apply by January 15 for September entry.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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