PhD studies

Banquet in the Golden Hall, City Hall. Photo: Ingmarie Andersson
Banquet in the Golden Hall, City Hall. Photo: Ingmarie Andersson
Banquet in the Golden Hall, City Hall. Photo: Ingmarie Andersson

    PhD programme

    The Centre for Research on Bilingualism offers a full PhD programme in bilingualism. The duration of the program is four years, which corresponds to eight semesters of full-time studies. The program is dedicated to graduate course reading and dissertation work.

    The course component accounts for 90 hp/90 ECTS, which corresponds to one year and a half of full-time studies. Two years and a half are dedicated to dissertation work.

    Obligatory and optional courses

    There are both obligatory and optional courses. The obligatory courses account for 52,5 hp/52,5 ECTS. The obligatory courses are listed below:

    • Bilingualism from an educational perspective, 7.5 credits
    • Bilingualism from a field/subject and historical perspective, 7.5 credits
    • Bilingualism from a learning perspective, 7.5 credits
    • Bilingualism from a psycho/neurolinguistic perspective, 7.5 credits
    • Bilingualism from a societal perspective, 7.5 credits
    • Methods in research on bilingualism – an overview, 7.5 credits
    • Statistics and statistical research methods, 7.5 credits

    The optional courses account for 37,5 hp/37,5 ECTS. These courses are chosen in agreement with the thesis supervisor.

    Higher seminars

    In addition, doctoral students are required to actively participate in higher seminars organized at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
    Higher seminars/Högre seminariet

    For PhD Students Spring '19:

    Bilingualism in Society, 7.5 credits
    This course looks at bilingualism and multilingualism from a societal point of view. Topics that will be discussed include language attitudes, language ideology, language politics and planning in different societies and historical eras, the relation between majority and minority languages, as well as language status and domains of use. Intercultural communication within different domains in society will also be discussed, with particular focus on language use in the workplace.
    Bilingualism in Society

    Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism, 7.5 credits
    The course aims to provide knowledge about bilingualism from a psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and cognitive perspective. The course focuses on some of the most central issues in the field of bilingualism from a psycho- and neuro-linguistic perspective, such as the role of age of acquisition, the question of ultimate attainment, the role of cross-linguistic influence, and individual differences. These questions will be addressed in light of current theoretical models of bilingual language representation and processing. The course also explores the relationship between language and cognition.
    Psycholinguistic Aspects of Bilingualism

    For PhD Students Autumn '19

    Methods in Research on Bilingualism – an Overview, Second Cycle, 7.5 credits
    The course provides advanced knowledge of the main research questions, methods and results in bilingualism research. The course seeks to provide the students with advanced knowledge of theory and methodology as well as insights into scientific ways of working in the field of bilingual research.
    Methods in Research on Bilingualism – an Overview

    Second Language Acquisition and Bilingual Development, 7.5 credits
    The course provides advanced knowledge of second language acquisition and bilingual development. It highlights second language and bilingualism research, growth and development. Key theories, questions and methods are exemplified and discussed. Students will read, analyze and critically evaluate research papers and dissertations in the field and explain and discuss their overall orientations to research problems, their results and their further implications.
    Second Language Acquisition and Bilingual Development



    Students accepted into the PhD-programme have the right to supervision for the duration of their dissertation work. The supervisors are appointed at the beginning of the program.

    There is more information about it on the Swedish site: Handledning

    Our PhD students and ongoing dissertations

    Gunilla Westin. Foto: Pia Nordin

    Gunilla Westin

    Administration PhD studies for accepted Phd students

    Room: D 630 | Tel: 08-16 17 17

    Caroline Kerfoot. Foto: Ingmarie Andersson

    Professor Caroline Kerfoot

    Director of PhD studies

    Room: D 438 | Tel: 08-16 15 06