MA in English Studies


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Program Description

English is the lingua franca, the most important language for communication in the globalized 21st century. It is a fact of life that everywhere experts are needed who not only speak English correctly but who are also familiar with the societies and cultures of those countries where English is the first language. Experience has shown that an extraordinarily large number of employers seek experts with not merely an excellent command of the language, but also with the ability to make good use of their knowledge of the English-speaking world. The transmission of such cultural knowledge is the foundation of this program.

In this program, students become proficient in understanding and producing academic and media-oriented publications in the fields of English literature, socio-cultural history of the English language-based cultures (especially Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia), applied and theoretical linguistics, mediating in English and their native language in specialized cultural, economic and political areas, teaching and transmitting knowledge concerning English literature and linguistics, and English language-based cultures and societies.

The program begins with the study of English Theoretical Linguistics, Literature, Applied Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication. There are also obligatory specialization tracks which give students the opportunity to pursue his or her own, independent, in-depth research. A select few of the students graduating with an MA will have the opportunity to pursue Ph.D. studies in areas taught in the program either in Hungary or abroad. With a view toward preparing students to be future researchers, the English Studies MA program allows students to take varied courses in their designated areas of research. A selection of those areas includes broad areas such as the following:

  • Linguistics
  • English Applied Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Culture
  • English Literature by Periods
  • Film and Visual Culture
  • Significant Authors and Artists in British Culture
  • Postcolonial Literature

During the course of study for the MA, students may specialize in one of the following specializations:

  • English Applied Linguistics
  • English Theoretical Linguistics
  • English Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies (such as Irish, Scottish, Canadian, or Australian Studies)

The aim of this program is to train high-level specialists capable of meeting the specific demands of the labor market in the fields of cultural and intercultural exchange. In addition to local, national, or international authorities in the public sector, it is important to underline the growing need for French graduates in the private sector, e.g. with multinational companies.

The training will also prepare the student to continue in one of the Doctoral Schools of the Faculty.

Our graduates find positions mainly in the sectors of education and research, tourism management, banking and finance, and intercultural communications. Note that the program does not provide teaching qualifications.

This program gives a comprehensive overview of English studies, including literature, linguistics, applied linguistics, and cultural studies. It also enables students to specialize in specific fields of inquiry. Degree holders will have solid skills to conduct independent research, to assess and process relevant information, and communicate their findings according to high academic standards.

Strength of program

  • Students acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be utilized in both private and public sector establishments
  • The program offers a broad spectrum of possible specialization pathways
  • The level of language proficiency corresponds to the C2 level (proficiency) of CEFR. The language of instruction in all courses is English.
  • Students are eligible for admission to Ph.D. programs


Successful graduates of the English Studies MA will be awarded a degree in which the following three elements will appear:

  • The level of degree the graduate has attained (magister, master; abbreviation: MA)
  • The academic discipline the graduate has studied (English)

The specialization or concentration of study within the MA which the graduate has completed.

Career opportunities

MA-bearing English language and culture experts are sought in the following fields:

  • The world of business
  • The media
  • The translation of books and periodicals
  • Diplomacy
  • International relations institutes and think-tanks
  • Tourism
  • Agencies responsible for grant applications
  • Local government offices
  • The arts
Job examples

Journalist, instructor of English not requiring teaching qualifications, project manager at government organizations, a specialist in diplomatic affairs.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgment is only given for a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies.

In the case of a Bachelor’s degree in Hungarian Studies, Germanic Studies, Romance Studies, History, and Liberal Art, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your BA degree as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have 50 credits (but at least 38 to enter the program) from the field of English and American Studies (30 credits from American English language, American literature, and culture).

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 79-93
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1

The language of instruction for the entire program is English.

Depending on its (academic) profile, the applicant might be offered preparatory courses if this level of proficiency has not been reached yet.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Secondary school certificate
    Notarized copy only on request
  • Bachelor-level degree
    An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
  • Transcript of records
  • A CV (In English, in MS Word format with one low-resolution photo)
  • Motivation letter (A maximum of 500 words)
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
    Scanned, in color all personal details and expiry date must be shown. The passport must be valid.
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer
  • Language certificate
    Official test results or certificates must be provided; see program specific proficiency requirements.
  • Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English
Optional documents for admissions
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
  • Letter of Authorization
  • If the applicant uses the services of a non-contracted third party during the application process, a Letter of Authorization must be signed. Applications will not be processed without.
Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account.

Results and the official decision will be announced in the application system.

Last updated Oct 2019

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