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26 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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Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

This degree is a world first. There’s nowhere else you can study black British writing in such an in-depth way – in the actual country where the writing is produced. We trace ... +

This degree is a world first. There’s nowhere else you can study black British writing in such an in-depth way – in the actual country where the writing is produced. We trace diasporic and aesthetic routes and draw upon the expertise of literary and drama specialists. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
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
Oct 2021
Campus
 
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
01 Feb 2022
Campus
 

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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
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Master's program in Literary Studies teaches you to look critically at literary expressions. There are two specializations within the Master’s program in Literary Studies: ... +

The Master's program in Literary Studies teaches you to look critically at literary expressions. There are two specializations within the Master’s program in Literary Studies: English Literature in a Visual Culture and Nederlandse letterkunde en het literaire veld. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
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
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
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
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
 
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
 
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

The Online MA in Gaelic Literature offered by the Department of Modern Irish provides students with an in-depth introduction to distinctive literature of incredible variety, g ... +

The Online MA in Gaelic Literature offered by the Department of Modern Irish provides students with an in-depth introduction to distinctive literature of incredible variety, giving expression to the many identities of the Gaelic world, and extending over 1200 years, from monastic to modern times. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
University of North Alabama College of Arts and Sciences
Florence, USA

The MA in English prepares students to teach at the community college level, pursue advanced study at the Ph.D. level, or pursue a career or salary advancement in fields of ed ... +

The MA in English prepares students to teach at the community college level, pursue advanced study at the Ph.D. level, or pursue a career or salary advancement in fields of education, business, and industry. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cult ... +

This course gives you the chance to study English literature in a modern university environment while taking advantage of the wealth of resources offered by London's rich cultural life. You will examine literary texts in the wider context of cultural production and relate them to the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
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
 
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

KU Leuven's 'Master of Linguistics and Literature: English expands your knowledge and command of the English language, and brings a new appreciation of literature and culture. ... +

KU Leuven's 'Master of Linguistics and Literature: English expands your knowledge and command of the English language, and brings a new appreciation of literature and culture. Research-based teaching will allow you to benefit from KU Leuven’s internationally renowned scholars in English linguistics and literature. You will also be encouraged to develop your critical and research skills by way of seminars and your personal master’s thesis. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus