Postgraduate Studies Programs

PhD in Arabic Language and Literature


PhD in Arabic Language and Literature



Art and Social Sciences

Program Type

By Research

Study Mode



4 Years

Instruction Language


Program Coordinator

Name: Dr. Mahrous Al galili


Tel: +968 24142013

College Website

Program Overview


The student is required to study 12 courses (36 credits hours) within two years and the thesis should be submitted in the last year.Doctoral candidates are required to produce a thesis containing original work of suitable merit to demonstrate their command of the relevant research methodology and their ability to undertake independent research. The thesis should make a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the specific area, as demonstrated by at least one paper being published or accepted for publication in an international, specialized, refereed journal. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place at the time of application. A student may not submit for assessment thesis material which has already been submitted for another degree at Sultan Qaboos University or any other academic institution.

Whilst there is no minimum course work requirement, a program or Thesis Committee may specify certain course work requirements which are deemed to be in the candidate’s interest. These requirements must be completed within the first year of study.


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should have a Bachelor degree from Sultan Qaboos University or equivalent from a recognized university.

  • Applicant should have a Master's in Arabic Language or in a related subject from Sultan Qaboos University or from any other recognized university.

  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 3.00 on a 4-point scale or equivalent in any other system and the Deanship of Postgraduate studies makes the assessment for equivalency acceptance.

  • Applicant with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) between 2.75 and 2.99 on a 4.0 point scale may be considered for admission subject with a minimum of two years of work experience and any other academic activity.

  • Two letters of reference from academics, to show competence in the discipline of interest and research capabilities.

  • Applicant should submit a statement of intent outlining and goals of the research proposed.

  • Applicant must submit a release letter or a study leave from employer, addressed to the dean of postgraduate studies at SQU. Un-employed applicant needs to submit a statement from Ministry of Labour documenting the unemployment status of the applicant.


English Proficiency

Before starting the program, the admitted candidates should submit an English Proficiency Test Certificate band (4.5) or higher in academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic or a score of (49) or higher in the International TOEFL – IBT

Selection Criteria


There will be an admission exam for all applicants and those who pass the exam shall be called for an interview.