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28 Master of Art Degrees in English Literature

A master’s degree is the next big academic milestone above the bachelor’s level. It can prepare the student for taking on greater responsibility in the workplace or be his or her gateway to a teaching role. What is an MA in English Literature? A Master of Arts program in English literature entails the intensive study of both classic and modern works of poetry and prose. The student wil… Read more

A master’s degree is the next big academic milestone above the bachelor’s level. It can prepare the student for taking on greater responsibility in the workplace or be his or her gateway to a teaching role.

What is an MA in English Literature? A Master of Arts program in English literature entails the intensive study of both classic and modern works of poetry and prose. The student will be pushed to read at a faster pace and with greater comprehension than ever before. But it’s not all about reading, as students are expected to regularly discuss and write about the meaning and significance of what they have read.

The time spent analyzing great writings strengthens a student’s ability to think for him/herself. Explaining, defending or enumerating on a thought comes natural to the graduate of a master’s program in English literature. Drawing conclusions and summaries from large amounts of complex information is another skill that’s developed in the course of the program.

The cost of tuition is set by the institution where you’ll study. Students with scholarships, grants and loans can defer or eliminate much of the cost of the education.

Traditionally, English majors have moved into teaching and writing, which are great careers considering the shortage of teachers in many places and the flexibility that writers hold. Nowadays, however, many additional opportunities are available in politics, medicine, entertainment, law and finance. Jobs can be found in private companies of all sizes, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Many recent graduates get their start by doing freelance work, and after a while, may shift into working for a group of steady clients.

No matter what your future plans are, a good education can be the bridge between where you are now and where you want to be. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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King's College London
London, United Kingdom

Taught in collaboration with the British Library, explore early modern literary texts through critical lenses such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion and n ... +

Taught in collaboration with the British Library, explore early modern literary texts through critical lenses such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, religion and nationality, and acquire bespoke tools to study neglected texts and to decide why they matter, what key questions they can answer about the early modern period and our own time, and how they should be edited and re-presented to modern readers. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
24 Jul 2023
Campus
 
Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Our MA in English Literature introduces you to studying literature, poetry, drama and prose in relation to culture and across three broad themes. The first of these, literary- ... +

Our MA in English Literature introduces you to studying literature, poetry, drama and prose in relation to culture and across three broad themes. The first of these, literary-popular culture, includes exploring genre writing, the bestseller and mass literary production. In revolution and literature, you’ll encounter texts representing revolutionary social or political change. The third theme is global literary cultures where you’ll look at English literature as an international literary form. The structure of this masters degree allows you to select options and specialise throughout the first year in preparation for the more sustained self-directed work of the dissertation in year two. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Online
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in English Literature and Culture is an academic humanities degree with a socially relevant focus. We offer you academic excellence with transferable skills, with the r ... +

The MA in English Literature and Culture is an academic humanities degree with a socially relevant focus. We offer you academic excellence with transferable skills, with the resources of a large research university but with small classes (typically 10-15 students), in a friendly ambiance that contributes to our positive student feedback. Our staff has received their doctorates from a mix of Dutch universities and international institutions (Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, Edinburgh). -
MA
Full-time
English (UK)
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 

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Oxford Brookes University
Headington, United Kingdom

Explore writers, forms and genres - and see where your passion for literature will take you. In this course, you’ll take your interest in literature to the next level. You’ll ... +

Explore writers, forms and genres - and see where your passion for literature will take you. In this course, you’ll take your interest in literature to the next level. You’ll explore everything from Elizabethan lyrics to New York stories. You’ll consider key social issues through a literary lens - like gender, sexuality and mental health. You’ll discover new interests. And you’ll have the freedom to specialise in the area you care about most. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel

The two-year program, housed in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, offers an MA in English Literature with specializations in Literar ... +

The two-year program, housed in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University, offers an MA in English Literature with specializations in Literary Fiction, Poetry or Creative Nonfiction. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. ... +

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. Consequently, the literary text is studied from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The student can choose between a specialisation in Children's and Adolescent, English, French, General, German, Russian, Spanish, or Yiddish literature, and in Scandinavian studies. The tuition consists of compulsory courses taught in English and individually selected courses taught within the various language orientations. The programme serves as preparation either for further academic studies or for a professional career related to the field of literature, culture and media. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Unicaf University (ZM)
Lusaka, Zambia

The Programme has been developed to provide students with outstanding postgraduate experience in the field of English Language and Literature. MA English Language and Literatu ... +

The Programme has been developed to provide students with outstanding postgraduate experience in the field of English Language and Literature. MA English Language and Literature offers a varied and distinctive range of areas of study, including contemporary literary studies, critical and cultural theory, gender, memory, trauma, and postcolonial studies. It provides students with a range of transferable skills to meet the requirements of the professional workplace and prepares them for further study at PhD level. The MA in English Language and Literature focuses on narratives in relation to their literary and cultural contexts. Students will study a number of different works by a variety of authors, written in a range of historical periods. The degree combines literary theory, reading comprehension and critique, language and philology. It allows students to develop advanced written skills, analytical abilities and an understanding of how to compose a successful narrative. These skills prepare graduates for employment in a range of fields and create a strong foundation for further academic pursuits. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium

Taught in English by specialists in the field, this programme combines the study of English linguistics with that of literature in English.

Taught in English by specialists in the field, this programme combines the study of English linguistics with that of literature in English. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, USA

Think harder—and smarter. Build your personal and professional success by refining crucial skills and dispositions such as critical thinking, creativity, and empathy.

Think harder—and smarter. Build your personal and professional success by refining crucial skills and dispositions such as critical thinking, creativity, and empathy. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
22 May 2023
01 Mar 2023
Campus
 
Bishop Grosseteste University
Lincoln, United Kingdom

The MA in English Literature is designed around your development as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; and as a communicator and pres ... +

The MA in English Literature is designed around your development as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; and as a communicator and presenter of knowledge. It combines current scholarly investigation with the promotion of transferrable academic and professional skills. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Karoli Gaspar University
Budapest, Hungary

The objective of the two-year program is to acquaint students with a broadly defined concept of English literary culture, including its history, major trends, critical schools ... +

The objective of the two-year program is to acquaint students with a broadly defined concept of English literary culture, including its history, major trends, critical schools, and, of course, its most representative works and authors. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2023
27 Apr 2023
Campus
 
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)
Mainz, Germany

Proceeding from a solid foundation in literary history and theory, Mainz University’s master’s program in English Literature and Culture offers the perfect mixture of core mod ... +

Proceeding from a solid foundation in literary history and theory, Mainz University’s master’s program in English Literature and Culture offers the perfect mixture of core modules on mainstream literary topics and ample opportunity for students to develop and follow their own interests. It builds upon the BA program in English Literature and Culture at Mainz University but also welcomes applicants from English Literature programs elsewhere in Germany, Europe, and other parts of the world. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus