At SOL there is a great variety of research perspectives within linguistics, literary studies, area studies as well as in other disciplines. Examples of perspectives are synchronic, diachronic, applied and didactic perspectives. The research activities take place within each discipline but also in cooperation between disciplines at SOL, as well as with subjects at other faculties at Lund University and other universities, both at national and international level. There are more than 30 research disciplines:
Research is carried out by researchers, postdoc researchers, lecturers, professors and doctoral students, from various angles and with different combinations in linguistics, literary studies, area studies and other disciplines. Research projects and research results are presented and discussed at research seminars within the disciplines, at thematic seminars or at cross-disciplinary seminars.
A PhD degree is the highest formal education available. A swedish PhD forms a total of 240 ECTS credits, equalling four years of full-time study. Third-cycle studies consist of both course work and of research work. The aim of the research work is to produce a doctoral thesis, that is defended at a public seminar. While following the PhD programme the doctoral student normally teaches at undergraduate level. Third-cycle students are normally employed at the university under a doctoral position.
Research and research studies activities at the Center for Langauges and Literature are coordinated by the Assistant Head of Department, research and research studies.