MS Applied Linguistics

MS Applied Linguistics (MSAL) is an Afternoon Programme. The programme is structured around four semesters. Semester one and two have course work only and semester three and four have MS Dissertation or Independent Study Project (ISP).

Eligibility Criteria for Seeking Admission

The candidate should possess 16 years education in English in the relevant area or equivalent in the relevant fields with second division and above in annual system of education / minimum 2.4/4.0 CGPA in semester system education.

  • Candidates with BS English 4 years
  • Candidates with MA English (Language/Linguistics)
  • Candidates with MA English (Literature Linguistics)*
  • Candidates with MA (Literature)*

*Candidates are required to complete Customised Courses. This requirement is not to complete certain number of credit hours for 16 years education rather it is to ensure their background knowledge in theoretical linguistics which may vary across programmes offered at different universities.

Research Fields

The current fields of research encompass Second Language Teaching & Learning, EIL, EAP, ESP Academic English, English for Specific Purposes, Writing Instruction and Evaluation, Teacher Cognition, Genre Analysis, Language Pedagogy, Language Anxiety, CALL, Curriculum and syllabus designing, Materials writing, Language Testing and Evaluation, Language Teacher Education, Multilingualism, Code-switching, Language Identity, Language Contact and Discourse Analysis.

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PhD Applied Linguistics


This programme is significant since the different domains of Applied Linguistics around which the country requires experts and professional inputs for decision making, policies, solutions to be able to sustain the socio-economic and geo-political changes that are rapidly affecting countries and cultures internally and externally. 

Criteria and Procedure for Admission

  1. Minimum requirement for admission in the Programme shall be Bachelor’s degree (16 year) or Master’s degree (minimum 17 year). The Master’s degree should be obtained after completion of minimum of 30 credit hours (including 24 credit hours graduate-level course and 6 credit hours of thesis-related work) from an HEC-recognized university/DAI. In either case the candidate must have obtained a minimum 3.0 CGPA (Semester System). Further:
    • The terminal degree must be in the relevant field.
    • Those having completed prior degree in a different discipline may be considered for admission provided that the Postgraduate Admissions Committee is satisfied that:
      • The individual has a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in the discipline he/she has applied for admission.
      • The applicant’s prior education has sufficiently prepared him or her to undertake the course of studies of the  doctoral programme or the preparation can be deemed satisfactory by taking a few additional courses after starting the programme.
    • Those having obtained Master's degree from any foreign universities shall be  required to submit an equivalence of the degree issued by the HEC to this effect.
  2. All applicants to PhD programmes shall be required to qualify (by securing a minimum of 50% score), one of the following non-subject specific admission tests (except of certain science disciplines where the University may decide for subject specific tests):
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test administered by the Education Testing Service;
    • A graduate admission test administered by the Education Testing Council.
    • An equivalent test developed by the University, or by another HEC recognized university for admissions to their respective graduate programmes.
      • The validity of these tests result shall be two years from the date of the test.
      • The test offered by the University, at par with GRE General Test, will be administered centrally by Admission Committee.
  3. An application for admission to the Programme shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the concerned Department along with all required documents (including a statement of purpose and synopsis), indicating the proposed major subject area of research work.
  4. At the time of application, the candidate must provide evidence of adequate financial support to undertake the complete PhD studies.
  5. NOC from employer will be required at the time of application; if applicable.
  6. A departmental Postgraduate Admission committee constituted by the concerned Dean, comprising of the Chairperson and two senior faculty members of the Department/ Faculty, shall assess an applicant's suitability on the basis of the test mentioned in 3.2, Statement of Purpose, synopsis, academic and professional qualifications, professional experience, reasons for desiring to enroll in the Programme, referees’ opinions letter of recommendations, and submit recommendations to the concerned Dean to allow induction for one year in PhD Programme through concerned Chairperson.
  7. The departmental Postgraduate Admission Committee, with the consent of the candidate and subsequent to the endorsement by the concerned Chairperson, will also recommend one supervisor for each candidate. The supervisor must be an HEC approved PhD Supervisor. In cases where essential, a co-supervisor shall be allowed. Both the supervisor and co-supervisor shall possess a PhD degree and the Supervisor should be a faculty member of this University. Formal supervisor allocation should be made at the time of admission of a PhD student. 
  8. Further, Each PhD project would have a PhD Review Committee constituting of all Deans and Secretary, ASRB. The role of the Committee would be as follows: i. Evaluating the Progress Reports and submitting its report to ASRB in prescribed format. ii. Sorting issues with the students, including student grievance issues if any, during the progress of his/ her PhD research.

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