Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

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Linguistique (Linguistics)

Name of the HEI offering the course: University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Linguistique (Linguistics)

Duration (in semesters): Six Semesters (A Semester is covered in 24/6 months)

Linguistics Doctorate is validated in completing 180 credits in whole, among which 120 credits for research work and sixty for in-depth sociolinguistic theories and social sciences methods, teaching training and communication, and scientific essay writing.
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

The PhD in linguistics program provides graduates with theoretical, analytical and research skills to enable them contribute significantly to critical and educational analysis of linguistics and intercultural practices. They are to develop their thinking capacity likely to improve the education quality from the contributions of the education sciences among which the language sciences play an important role while remaining primarily suitable for their context. Specifically, the PhD students will be able to develop theoretical and practical foundations of education sciences in link with the teaching linguistics and educational policies; to conduct researches on African languages and cultures in order to resolve didactic issues related to the teaching of languages and culture; to build a research method in education sciences associated with linguistics and education; to analyze the diverse education approaches regarding the linguistics dynamics.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The programme is delivered by coursework, examination and thesis using lectures, field work report, in-depth social sciences methodology and sociolinguistic theories courses, discussions, seminars. Each semester is validated after successful oral presentations evaluated by a thesis committee of full and associate professors with a report sent to the board of doctoral Studies School. The PhD students are required to publish two papers in journals approved by reading committee. The PhD thesis defence is public and evaluated by a panel composed of home and abroad full and associate professors. The grading of this presentation ranges from A (Summa cum laude), B (Magna cum laude) and C (Cum laude).
Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

Upon completion of PhD in linguistics program, the learner is able to identify education and training needs of different groups of population while taking into account linguistic and cultural dimensions along with those that are gender sensitive; to conduct critical thinking of the quality and relevance of the current provision in sociolinguistics and intercultural education; to participate in the designing, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of intercultural programs of education and training tools (including curricula, plans of training and didactic materials) meeting needs in the field within the framework of enforced education policies; to implement researches on African languages and cultures on one hand and in the other hand to exploit the outcomes at the didactic level, in order to insure qualitative multilingual and intercultural teaching; to analyze public policies and innovation along with the improvement of the quality of education while taking into account national languages and cultures and the articulation of the formal and non-formal sub-systems, the funding of education for the schooled and drop-out- of –school people. The PhD in linguistics holders are able to assume a career in academia; to assume expert positions in national, continental and international levels regarding the implementation of projects development arousing multilingual and intercultural challenges.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Board of Education Offices Approval act N°075-95/UNB/SG/VR-CAA/ SEOU on 17th February 1995(review every five years)

Period of validity of accreditation:
Review every Five Years (2015- 2020)



 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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