Center for Research in Language and Linguistics


Master of Philosophy & Doctor of Philosophy

MPhil and PhD
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The wide range of expertise available in the School allows candidates who register for the MPhil or Doctorate study to undertake research in any area in Linguistics, Literature Studies and English Language Studies.  Candidates are required to submit a 5-10 page research proposal with their application.


Areas of studies offered are:

  • Phonetic
  • Morphology
  • Semantic
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Translation
  • Lexicography
  • Language and variation
  • Phonology
  • Syntax
  •  Pragmatic
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Corpus linguistic
  • Dialectology

Compulsory Courses

  • SKBL6024 Research Methodology in Linguistics
  • SKBL6034 Academic Writing in Linguistics


Research areas offered are:

  • Language and ICT
  • Language Learning Strategies; Computer Enhanced Language Learning
  • ESL written communication;
  • English for the workplace
  • Writing in English;
  • Writing for ESP;
  • English language testing
  • Distance learning;
  • CALL, Teaching of Learning Styles
  • Applied Linguistics; Literacy; Cooperative Learning
  • Electronic lexicography;
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL);
  • Second language acquisition
  • Written discourse;
  • Genre analysis
  • Sociolinguistics and international communication; Language and intercultural communication in the workplace
  • Computer-based assessment of Writing in ESL
  • Language and Society
  • Autonomous language learning; Distance language learning; TESL language acquisition
  •  E-Literacy for Community; Knowledge Society and Digital Divide
  • Institutional discourse; Forensic linguistics
  • Reading in ESL; Reading and CALL; Classroom Discourse;
  • Second language curriculum development
  • English for Law; Language Assessment; Testing and Evaluation
  • Media Discourse; English for specific purposes; Research methodology; Materials Development for Language Teaching
  • Applied Linguistics and TESOL; Language, culture and literacy in multilingual contexts
  • Conversation and discourse analysis;
  • Language and Gender
  • Code Switching and choice (English – Bahasa Melayu); Gender and language; Discourse Analysis and Conversational Analysis; Language and Discourse at workplace; Language Awareness (Grammar)
  • Natural Language Processing; Psycholinguistics; Spoken language processing

Compulsory Courses

  • SKBI 6004 Research Methodology in English Language  Studies
  • SKBI 6014 Academic Writing in English Language  Studies


Areas of studies offered are:

  • Postcolonial Literatures in English
  • Malaysian Literatures in English
  • Occidental Literary Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Literature in Education
  • Literature as Performance
  • Literature and Translation
  • Literature and Popular Culture
  • Literature and Multicultural Studies
  • Diasporic Writing
  • Subaltern Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Stylistics
  • Gender Studies
  • Literature and Science

Compulsory Courses

  • SKBK 6004 Research Methodology in Literature Studies
  • SKBI 6014 Academic Writing in Literature  Studies