Doctor of Philosophy Programmes at the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU) – University of Languages and International Studies – VNU,Hanoi

Doctor of Philosophy Programmes at the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU)

Throughout its nearly 60 year history as a leading university and a founding member of Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU), the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) has played a defining role in foreign language teacher education, international studies, and related fields in Vietnam through its pursuit of academic excellence, and commitment to innovation and creativity. The University’s vision is to develop into a prestigious university in languages, linguistics, international studies and related social sciences and humanities. Its mission is to contribute to the national development through the pursuit of excellence in education, research, and the provision of quality services relevant to the needs of society. ULIS particularly values creativity, dynamism, honesty, responsibility, and the ability to live and work in a multi-cultural and competitive world.

At present, ULIS offers 22 BA programmes, 11 MA programmes and eight PhD programmes and has an enrolment of about 250 graduate learners per year, 4,800 undergraduates, studying at its 10 faculties and two departments; 320 learners at the Center for International Education; and about 1,500 learners at a high school (The Foreign Language Specialized School) affiliated with it. ULIS also runs a number of joint programmes in partnership with other VNU members and international universities and institutions.

ULIS has made every attempt to maintain educational quality and standards, considering it as a pivotal factor that greatly contributes to the University’s development. ULIS’s Fast Track Programme was accredited by ANU – QA in 2012, Master of Arts in English Linguistics Programme in 2014, and its Master of Arts in English Teaching Methodology Programme in 2016. The other eight Teacher Education regular programmes (English, Russian, Chinese, and French, Japanese, German and Korean) and two other Fast Track programmes (Chinese and French) have been accredited in accordance with MOET standards. Developing professionalism in all areas of activities is one of the goals ULIS has been striving towards.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) is one of the top faculties for English language education and linguistics studies at the graduate level in Vietnam. Originated from the Section of Graduate Studies Management founded in 1989 as a part of the Science Management Department with the Decision signed by the Chairman of the Ministerial Council (now the Prime Minister) assigning the ULIS (known at that time as College of Foreign Language Teacher Training) with the task to train language teachers and researchers at graduate level, FGS has now grown into one of the largest graduate faculties in foreign education and linguistics nation-wide.

FGS is responsible for graduate training with Diploma, MA and PhD programmes. The ULIS Diploma and MA in TESOL programmes have produced thousands of graduates since their creation in 1992. Currently FGS has an Executive Board with the Dean and a Vice Dean and a staff of 5 members. The teaching staff members are lecturers from other Faculties of ULIS, with some visiting lecturers from other universities in VietnamCurrently, more than 500 learners are enrolled in the MA programmes in 11 specializations, and 60 learners are studying in PhD programmes in 8 specializations.

FGS currently offers 11 Masters programmes and eight PhD programmes in close collaboration with other faculties of ULIS. In addition, a Post-Graduate Diploma in TESOL programme has been offered since 2002 and a joint programme with Southern New Hampshire University, USA (Master of Science in TEFL) launched in 2007.

University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), Vietnam National University (VNU), Hanoi currently delivers eight Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes in Linguistics and Language Teaching Methodology in English, Russian, French and Chinese with following details:

  1. Training time

Full time: 3 years of full time training with at least 12 consecutive months of taking taught components on campus.

Extension: Up to 2 years.

  1.  Programme components
Components Contents
I. Taught components – 2 compulsory modules (1 in research methodology and 1 related to your field of research)– 1 optional module (related to your field of research)

– 1 module of Advanced Foreign Languages for Academic Purposes

II. Overview essay   Literature review (compulsory)
III. Minor projects 2 minor  projects related  to the dissertation
IV. Publications at least 2 journal articles related  to the dissertation published prior to dissertation viva voce examination
V. Dissertation 150 -180 pages
  1.  Tuition fee (subject to change annually)

 $2,841 per annum (approximately) + $200 registration fee

  1. Required documents for application

Application form

One notarized hard copy of Undergraduate Certificate and Academic Transcripts

One notarized hard copy of M.A Certificate and Academic Transcripts

Research proposal

Two letters of recommendation

Health Certificate

Four photos (of 4×6 cm)

Other relevant or supporting documents

5. Please find attached the brochures with more detailed information about the PhD programmes and application form

For further information, please contact

  • Tel: (+84) 2466806762
  • Mailing Address: Room 102-Block A3-University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, No2 Pham Van Dong Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam
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