MA in English Studies

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Program Description

MA in English Studies

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

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 its 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 specialised cultural, economic and political areas, teaching and transmitting knowledge concerning English literature and linguistics, and English language-based cultures and societies.

The program consists of the study of English Language, Linguistics, and Literature. Within this broad program of study, there are courses which a student must register for and attend as part of his or her degree program. There are also specializations tracks which give the student 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 English Linguistics or Literature either in Hungary or abroad. With a view toward preparing students to be future researchers, the English Studies MA program allows students to take courses in a wide variety of areas. A selection of those areas includes courses such as the following:

  • Linguistics
  • English Applied Linguistics
  • English Language Pedagogy (Teaching English as a Foreign Language, TEFL)
  • Literature
  • Culture
  • English Literature by Period
  • 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 concentrations of study:

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

Strength of program

  • Students acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be utilized in both private and public sector establishments.
  • Level of language proficiency corresponds to C2 level (proficiency) of CEFR. Language of instruction in all courses is English.
  • Students are eligible for admission to Ph.D. programs.

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, English teacher, project manager at government organizations, a specialist in diplomatic affairs.

Admission requirements - Language requirement

  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-based test): 550-583 or
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 79-93 or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 or
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Last updated February 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
2 years
Full time
2,200 EUR
per semester.
Hungary - Budapest
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