PhD studies

The English Department at the University of Fribourg welcomes doctoral research (PhD) in the following fields of study: 

English Philology

English Linguistics

English Literature

American Literature

Doctoral Programmes

English language and literature


Students who wish to pursue doctoral studies in English Language and Literature at the University of Fribourg are integrated into the Doctoral Programme in English Language and Literature organised by the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO). Regular workshops offer doctoral students an opportunity to engage with the work of internationally renowned experts, to interact with their peers at other Swiss universities, and to present their work-in progress to an audience of scholars working in their field.

Language and cognition


PhD candidates in English Linguistics can also register for the Swissuniversities doctoral programme Language & CognitionThe program is designed primarily to enable doctoral students to become familiar with the various aspects of theoretical and methodological approaches to language as a cognitive process. It provides to its target audience scientific, theoretical and methodological bases in order to stimulate a firm anchoring of their dissertation project within a wider field of scientific investigation.