Doctor of Philosophy in Arabic Language and Literature

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Study Plan:
NumberStrandStrand CodeCredit HoursPre-requisiteStudy System
First: Compulsory Specialization Requirements (24 Credit Hours)
1Psycholinguistics and the acquisition and teaching of the Arabic language080192003N/APhysical Attendance
2Arabic rhetoric origins and extensions0801911030801910Remote Learning
3Theory of knowledge080197003N/APhysical Attendance
4Origins of Arabic grammar080191003N/ARemote Learning
5Examples of World Literature080195003N/APhysical Attendance
6Modern Literary Criticism and Methods080196003N/ARemote Learning
7Discourse Analysis0801900030801960Physical Attendance
8Communication Theories080190103N/APhysical Attendance
Second – Thesis (36 Credit Hours)
9Thesis080199936Completion 24 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours60


Head of Department: DR. MOHAMMED SHEIKH


Program Information:

The thesis of the “Doctorate of Philosophy in Arabic Language and Literature” is concerned with the formation of the scientific personality possessing the Arabic language, the sciences of literature and the tools of civilized communication, and the preparation of specialists; to meet the needs of the UAE society in particular and humanity in general.

This program also aims to provide students with the most important skills of the 21th century; Critical thinking, Creativity and Cooperation, then Communication. In addition to expanding and deepening his scientific and cognitive awareness in the field of specialization, enabling him to use scientific research methods, causes and goals; to build knowledge derived from original sources, and open to contemporary references belonging to different languages and civilizations, that meets the needs of the society of the UAE, the GCC states, and Arab and Islamic countries, by providing distinguished competencies, available on the necessary competencies, for the university and educational fields, the sector of the relevant ministries, and various social institutions.



  • Program Name: Doctorate of Philosophy in Arabic Language and Literature
  • Program Code: 320
  • Program Initial Approval Date: 25 July 2021
  • Program Providing Entity: College of Arts and Humanities   
  • Program Duration: (8) Eight Semesters
  • Program Hours: (36) Credit Hours
  • Total Number of Modules: (9) Modules

Doctorate of Philosophy Admission Requirements:

  • To be succeeded in the master’s degree or its equivalent with “very good” or above.
  • The master’s degree must be issued by a recognized university.
  • His master degree be in a subject that qualifies him for the specialized study, to which he is applying.
  • To pass a written exam and a personal interview before the Scientific Committee
  • The Admission Committee may stipulate a number of pre-remedial courses for the admission of the student (who studied a master’s degree outside the university) to the Doctorate stage, and it may also exempt him from any remedial courses.

 The student shall meet the following requirements to be admitted at the end of the first semester:

  • A minimum average of (3) in the semester average.
  • A minimum score of (1400) points in the Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) in Arabic language, and a minimum score of (1250) in English or its equivalent in other standardized tests (IETLS, TOEFL …).
  • A minimum score of (700) points in the Emirates Standardized Test (EmSAT) in mathematics.

 Fulfill the graduation requirements 

  • The Doctorate program is completed when all the courses of the program, including the thesis, are completed.
  • The student must obtain a cumulative GPA of no less than (3.00).
  • The student must spend the time required to obtain the degree and not exceed the maximum.

Course Completion

  • The course is completed with a mark not less than (2.00).
  • Doctorate of Philosophy Certificate is awarded at the university with one of the following grades:
3.70 to 4.00Excellent
3.00 – Less than – 3.70Very Good

Study System

  • The study system of the program is the credit hours system, and teaching will be during the academic week days only, i.e., from Monday to Friday.
  • The program is presented in the blended study system in accordance with the academic accreditation standards of the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates.        

Minimum and maximum academic load for the student

The student’s academic load in one semester ranges between (9) credit hours as a minimum, and (12) credit hours as a maximum.

Program Objectives

This program aims to:

  1. Achieve a distinguished level in scientific knowledge in general and in Arabic sciences and literature in particular.
  2. Provide the student with the ability to collect, organize, coordinate and process information scientifically.
  3. Prepare researchers capable of putting artistic and literary resources at the service of sustainable development.
  4. Enable the student to understand the rules, principles and skills of scientific research, and qualify him to prepare original and distinguished research in the sciences of Arabic language and literature.
  5. Meet the needs of the local and Arab community with distinguished scientific competencies in the field of specialization.
  6. Qualify a group of graduates to take on the burden of renewing the tools of civilizational communication among nations today, and to explore its horizons.
  7. Direct research in Arabic language and literature to take care of what contributes to the advancement of development; And building bridges of communication between nations through languages and literature.
  8. Open student’s horizons to intermediate knowledge; which enables him to create bridges of communication with all nations through language and literature.

9 Consolidate student’s self-learning values, and develop his creativity and innovation spirit.

Programme Outcomes
  1. Discuss in depth linguistic, literary and critical issues.
  2. Employs the literary text for objective analysis and criticism according to scientific and methodological criteria.
  3. Select the appropriate tools for analyzing creative texts in light of modern literary and linguistic curricula and theories.
  4. Analyze issues of language, literature, and criticism.
  5. Renew the tools of civilized communication.
  6. Demonstrate a scientific personality capable of teaching, framing and developing universities and local and international research centers.
  7. Initiate with the presentation of linguistic and literary knowledge that indicates his pride in his identity and his interaction with other civilizations and cultures.
  8. Produce research projects in the field of Arabic language sciences and literature with innovative methodological procedures.
  9. Manage tasks and positively adapts to the job environment.
  10. Evaluate his scientific performance to develop his scientific ambitions and practices in the field of Arabic language and literature.
  11. Master self-learning skills to use them in effecting societal change in accordance with the professional ethical system.
Alignment between the program learning outcomes and the National Qualification System (NQS)

The program outcomes have been aligned with the National Qualification System (NQS) of the United Arab Emirates

StrandStatement Programme Learning Outcomes
KnowledgeComprehensive, in-depth and pivotal knowledge at the core of the field of work or professional academic specialization and in the common boundaries between different work fields or professional academic disciplines.*   *      
New knowledge, based on the evaluation of independent experts working according to international standards, that comes through research or study, and contributes to the development of the relevant field of work or academic professional specialization


 *  *      
SkillsA set of advanced skills and techniques, including data collection and analysis, assessment, planning, and elicitation, required to expand and renew knowledge frontiers, to develop existing professional practices, or to produce new relevant knowledge. ***   *   
Advanced skills to create or crystallize innovative solutions to critical or complex problems related to the field of research, intellectual or practical, which require the use of higher cognitive and creative skills and intellectual independence


***** **   
Very advanced skills in information and communication technology to present, explain, or analyze very complex and diverse topics that can be presented to academic specialists, peers in the field of specialization, experts or an elite group of specialists in the professional or academic field.   ** **   
Autonomy and ResponsibilityThe ability to act with a high level of responsibility, creativity, independence, scientific and professional integrity framed by a strong commitment to develop new ideas, processes or systems in challenging and serious work or learning contexts and environments    ***    
Ability to take full responsibility for the management of various related processes and systems        *  
Ability to take initiative and responsibility for building and transmitting social and cultural norms and relationships.**  * ***  
Integration into ContextAbility to develop and manage complex professional operations.       * * 
The ability to lead and assume the full responsibility required by the development process in general, and strategic development in particular for oneself and the work team.    ****   
Ability to initiate and disseminate leadership qualities to relevant working groups. *  * * *  
Self-developmentAbility to analyze and diagnose the state of self-learning in the field of specialization and work to develop it.


Ability to conduct self-evaluation processes and actively contribute to knowledge, ethics and professional practice even in unfamiliar and unexpected learning contexts.         **
Ability to deal with very complex and diverse ethical issues on a continuous and conscious basis that can lead to informed, fair and sound decisions    * * * *
Employment Opportunities

A graduate of the Doctorate of Philosophy in Arabic language, literature major is qualified to work in various fields within the following institutions:

  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • Ministry of Education
  • Teaching at Universities
  • Scientific Research and Studies Centers.
  • Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development
  • National Media Council
  • Research Centers.
  • Newspapers, Radio and Television

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Arabic language and literature prepares its graduates for the following positions:

  • University teaching.
  • Work in the field of scientific and literary research.
  • Develop Arabic language curricula.
  • Creative and Media Writing.
  • Cultural attaché in Country’s Embassies.
  • Proofreading
  • Press Editing
  • Artistic and Literary Criticism
  • Press and Media