The Doctoral Programme in English Studies (initially English Philology) was created in the year 1986-87 to offer students coming from the B.A. Degree in English Philology the academic environment to continue their education and initiate their research in our field. The Programme was initially focused in the areas of English Literature and English Language and Linguistics. Gradually it incorporated other areas such as Film and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Acquisition and English for Specific Purposes. The original programme was replaced by successive programmes until the current Programme in English Studies (99/2011) was created. In the course of the last three decades the programme has consolidated its main lines of research supported by successive research projects and consolidated research groups. Currently, it is the only Doctoral Programme in Spain that offers a specific line of research in Film Studies in English and one of the most prestigious research programmes in the area of contemporary literatures in English. Its three core lines of research are: a) English linguistics, with a special interest in digital genres, global English and the use of English in academic contexts: b) contemporary literatures in English with a strong theoretical and cultural component; and c) film studies, with an emphasis on transnational cinema and the cinema of globalization, film genres and cosmopolitan theory. Our students receive a strong theoretical training, and are offered opportunities to establish links and collaborations with the best international researchers in their respective areas.
To be arranged with the students's tutor.
Secretaría Departamento Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
C/San Juan Bosco, 7
Teléfono: 976761532 - Ext.: 841532
Teléfono: 976761538 - ext.: 841538
The students of the program acquire the basic competences indicated in article 5 of Royal Decree 99/2011 on doctorate. They are the following:
The RD 99/2011 highlights the high professional training of doctors in various fields, especially those that require creativity and innovation. Therefore, the doctors of the program will have acquired, at least, personal skills and abilities to:
CE01 – Advanced knowledge of topics and concepts that are relevant in the area of English Studies (literature, film studies, history, culture and civilization, specialized discourses, teaching/learning, and translation) for the development of a personal approach to research in this area.
CE02 – The capacity to use advanced strategies and methodologies of close reading and critical and cultural analysis in literature, film and English language.
CE03 – Advanced knowledge of theories and critical perspectives in the field of English Studies that are relevant for the interpretation of texts in English.
CE04 – The capacity to understand and convey scientific knowledge related to English Studies at a C2 level of proficiency in English.
CE05 – The capacity to offer novel ideas and perspectives to English Studies scholarship.
CE06 – The capacity to offer critical analysis of social and cultural realities through their textual manifestations in English.
– The critical and self-critical capacity to assess the quality of research in
The requirements for access to doctorate studies are set in RD 99/2011 and can be consulted in the corresponding Instruction of the Doctorate School (pdf). In general, an official Spanish Bachelor's and Master's degrees or equivalent are required, with a minimum global extension of 300 ECTS credits.
Candidates with university degrees issued by a country of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) may request admission directly (info). If the degree is issued by a country outside the EHEA, the application for access with a non-homologated foreign degree must be submitted (info).
Those interested can expand their information in the administrative section of the Doctoral School (web) or the administration of the program (see contact data in the program general information section).
The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis director. In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or partial time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.
If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, the admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.
Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.
For all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic tutelage.
The Doctoral School will establish in the academic calendar of the year the period of application for admission in its programs. The application for admission will include:
1 a motivation letter indicating the research line(s) of interest. It may also include the proposal of a researcher for thesis supervisor.
2 an official transcript of the student’s scores in the B.A. and Master degrees.
3 a Curriculum Vitae
4 a certification of C1 level in English of the European Framework of Reference for Languages for those candidates who have not completed and Degree in English Studies or equivalent. This is a compulsory requisite to gain access to the programme.
When the number of candidates exceeds the maximum number of positions available in the programme (12 per year) the following selectino criteria will be applied: academic transcript: 75%, cv: 25%. The Academic Committee may call the candidates to an interview if necessary.
In the resolution of admission, if this is favorable, the Academic Committee will appoint the tutor and the director of the thesis and assign the research line, or lines (up to two), of the thesis. It will also establish the type of dedication of the doctoral student (full or part time) and, if appropriate, the training complements that must be completed. Exceptionally, the director's appointment may be postponed until three months after the date of the doctorate's enrollment in the program. The Academic Committee may declare a candidate as unsuitable for the program, based on the information contained in the candidate's motivation letter.
If the admitted applicant does not enroll in the doctoral program, admission will expire one month after its concession date. In this case, individuals interested in starting doctoral studies must apply again for admission to the program. Open vacancies will be covered by the Academic Committee according to the corresponding waiting list.
Programs with available places will accept subsequent admission applications, until completion of the number of places offered by the program.
all purposes, a candidate does not acquire the status of doctoral student at
the University of Zaragoza until he/she formalizes his or her enrollment in the
corresponding program. PhD students must register annually for academic
The Doctoral Programme in English Studies is primarily addressed at students with B.A. degrees in English Studies or related degrees and an official master. Since the University of Zaragoza does not currently offer an official master in the general area of English Studies, the programme cannot assign any specific remedial courses for students coming from unrelated areas. To compensate for this situation and, especially, to provide the students with basic training in research methods and techniques in our fields of study, critical theory and textual analysis, the programme will regularly offer its students seminars, workshops and research study days to be carried out as part of the regular activities of the programme.
The procedures for the supervision of doctoral students are set in article 11 of Royal Decree 99/2011, which regulates doctoral studies. The doctoral student admitted to the program has to enrol each academic year in academic tutelage at the University of Zaragoza. The Academic Committee of the program will assign a Thesis Director and a tutor, who may or may not be the same. The Thesis Director will be the person in charge of the overall management of the doctoral student's research tasks, of the coherence and adequacy of the training activities, of the impact and novelty in his/her field of the subject of the doctoral thesis and of the guide in other projects and activities where the doctoral student is involved. The tutor is responsible for the adaptation of the training and the research activity to the principles of the program and the Doctoral School and will ensure the interaction of the doctoral student with the Academic Committee of the program, the body responsible for supervising the progress of the research and training and the authorization of the thesis presentation of each doctoral student of the program.
The supervisory functions of the doctoral students will be documented in the Doctorate Letter which, once the registration is made, will be signed by the doctoral student, its tutor and its director, the program coordinator and the director of the Doctoral School. Those interested can expand the information on the thesis supervision in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.
The follow-up of the training process leading to the presentation of the doctoral thesis is carried out through the research plan and the doctoral student's document of activities. The research plan is presented before the end of the first year of enrolment and includes, at least, the methodology to be used and the objectives to be achieved, as well as the means and the temporal planning to achieve it. The plan may be improved and detailed later and must be endorsed by the Director and the tutor. The document of activities is the register of all the activities -research stays, courses, attendance to congresses, or others- that the doctorate carries out from his enrolment until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. Annually, the Academic Committee of the program will evaluate the follow-up of the research plan together with the document of activities. The positive evaluation will be an essential requirement to continue in the program. In the case of a negative evaluation, the doctoral student must be evaluated again within a maximum period of six months. Those interested can expand this information in the administrative headquarters of the program (see contact information in the general information of the program) or by consulting the program coordinator.
Once the thesis is concluded, the doctoral student must proceed to deposit and defend it according to the dispositions included in the thesis regulation of the University of Zaragoza (info).
The Doctoral School offers an annual series of voluntary activities for all doctoral students. This formation has a transversal and interdisciplinary nature. The offer is dynamic and covers the following formative aspects: communication (oral and written), access and information management, and skills for a future social and professional performance. Information about the activities, admission and enrolment can be found in the website of the Doctoral School (info).
Additionally, other formative activities of interest for a wide range of our doctoral students are disseminated through our web (info).
Research in the Doctoral Programme in English Studies is framed within the activities of the various research groups and projects integrated in the programme. The activities of these groups include regular meetings in which readings, research activity and results are shared among its members. The students in our programme are invited to participate in these meetings. The programme coordinator and the students’ tutors advise their tutees on the specific research meetings that may be more useful for their research. The schedule of these meetings will be published yearly. Each research group will hold approximately five sessions per year.
The programme organizes a yearly study day/research symposium. Budgetary considerations permitting, the programme will invite a guest speaker in one of our areas of research. Additionally, senior members of the programme and research groups will also participate and share their research with the students. Students are encouraged to present their own research papers on topics related to their theses. Depending on the development of this event, the call for papers may be opened to researches from other universities.
Los alumnos podrán realizar breves estancias de investigación en otros centros para lo cual sus tutores establecerán los contactos pertinentes. El programa anima a sus estudiantes a realizar el Doctorado Internacional, uno de cuyos requisitos es dos meses de estancia en dichos centros.
Students are encouraged to carry out research stays in other research centres. Tutors will help them with the organization of these stays by establishing contact with colleagues. The programme strongly recommends that students apply for the International Doctorate mention. One of the requirements for this is a minimum stay of two months in other centres.
programme regularly organizes individual talks, seminars and workshops by colleagues
from other universities. These will be announced in advance. Finally, tutors
will inform their students of conferences, study days, lectures and other
scientific activities that might be useful for their training. All of these
activities, once carried out, will be recognized as official activities of the
The Doctoral Programme in English Studies offers its students access to the facilities of the Faculty of Humanities as well as the general university facilities, including our Biblioteca María Moliner and the general university library service, as well as the Service of Audiovisual Media (SEMETA) and the administrative service of the Doctoral School, and the use of spaces for meetings and other research activities. Through the library services students have access to most of the bibliographical materials that they need to carry out their research. Finally, students have access to the Grants Service of the university for short research stays in other research centres.