Program Description

Welcome to the Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics program at the Faculty of Languages and Translation at King Khalid University. This program is designed for students who are interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in applied linguistics, with a focus on language teaching, second language acquisition, and language assessment.

The program is divided into six semesters spread over two years, with the final semester dedicated to the completion of a thesis. During the first year, students will study the Theories and Schools of Linguistics and Language Structure in the first semester. In the second semester, they will take Advanced Academic Reading and Writing and Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics.

The second year of the program is focused on more specialized areas of study. In the first semester of year two, students will take courses on Current Issues in Language and Technology and Issues in Arabic Applied Linguistics. The second semester of year two includes courses on Advanced Discourse Analysis and Designing and Constructing Research Work. Students will also take a course on Applied Statistics in Language Research to help prepare them for their thesis work.

In the final semester, students will complete an independent seminar and work on their thesis, which is worth 15 credit hours. The thesis is the culminating experience of the program and allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their coursework to a specific research question in the field of applied linguistics.

We understand that pursuing a Ph.D. is a significant undertaking, and we are committed to providing our students with the resources they need to succeed. That's why we offer the following resources to support students in the program:

  1. Dissertation Proposal Guidelines;
  2. Ph.D. Program Comprehensive Exam Guidelines;
  3. University Unified Comprehensive Exam Rules;
  4. Ph.D. Students' Publication Guidelines.

These resources are designed to help students navigate the requirements of the program and prepare for their comprehensive exam, research, and dissertation defense. We are committed to supporting our students throughout their academic journey and helping them achieve their goals in the field of applied linguistics.

After finishing the first two years of courses, students are eligible to enter the comprehensive exam, which includes both a written and an oral component. It is a requirement to pass both components before starting the dissertation.

If you are interested in advancing your knowledge and skills in applied linguistics, we encourage you to consider our Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics program at the Faculty of Languages and Translation at King Khalid University.

Please contact Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Dr. Munassir Alhamami, at for any questions, comments or general inquiries.