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PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences

Having a well-rounded education demands a wide array of intellectual skills and a breadth of knowledge that encompasses a wide spectrum of subjects. NU’s doctoral programme in Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for students who wish to develop expertise in a disciplinary tradition with inputs from interconnected areas.

Areas of research

NU offers a broad array of research areas under specific disciplines, all aimed at empowering doctoral candidates with domain knowledge, language, critical thinking and communication skills that are invaluable not only in the field of education and research, but also in government, industry and finance.

Linguistics and Communication

  • Applied Linguistics: Dialects and Registers; Structural, Lexical and Semantic Studies, Symbolism, Semiotics, etc.
  • Language and Media
  • English Language Teaching (ELT): Pedagogic Research, Error Analysis, etc.
  • Pragmatics
  • Communication Competency and Performance
  • The Importance of Body Language in Communication
  • Communication through Proxemics, Chronemics, Haptics and Kinesics
  • Communication and Culture
  • Professional and Personal Communication
  • Social Activism and Communication
  • Politics and Communication
  • Audio-Visual Communication

Broad Areas in Literature

  • Theatre and Techniques
  • The Language of Drama
  • Gender and Language
  • Theatre and Proxemics
  • Performative Arts and the Non-Verbal Language
  • Fiction and Times
  • Literature and Society

Finance and Economics

  • Broad area of Applied Economics
  • Accounting and Finance which may include:
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Banking
    • Financial market
    • Fintech
    • MSMEs
    • Public Finance
    • Monetary and Fiscal Policy
    • Taxation

Applied Psychology

  • Self-organised Learning environments (SOLE) and education
  • Internet on Education, Teaching and Learning
  • Educational Technology: Role of Technology in Education
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Social Psychology

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