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Many careers are becoming increasingly competitive and require postgraduate education to gain an advantage over contenders. For those seeking to further their education in the field of English, an MA in Literature can be just the ticket to advance in a career or lead the way to a PhD. What is an MA in Literature? Those who go through a master’s program in literature study texts from differe… Read more

Many careers are becoming increasingly competitive and require postgraduate education to gain an advantage over contenders. For those seeking to further their education in the field of English, an MA in Literature can be just the ticket to advance in a career or lead the way to a PhD.

What is an MA in Literature? Those who go through a master’s program in literature study texts from different time periods including the Renaissance, the 19th century, and the 20th and 21st centuries. Students learn about the social and cultural contexts of literature and obtain enhanced skills in critical analysis, communications, and research. Depending on the program, people may study literature from several countries or focus on prose in a specific language. The writings could be anything from poetry and theatrical pieces to novels and short stories. Usually a master requires a research project or written thesis to improve writing ability.

An MA in Literature gives people useful skills that can be used in all walks of life. Critical reading and interpretation of a text, writing persuasively to justify an argument, and thinking through ideas with creativity and insight not only expands an intellectual horizon but provides the tools to accomplish many common tasks in different situations and careers.

Institutions around the world offer programs that vary greatly in cost. To obtain accurate pricing information, perspective students should research and contact the school of their choice.

An MA in Literature provides people with the skills necessary to teach at the secondary level, pursue careers in writing and editing, or obtain jobs in publishing or public relations. A literature degree generally serves as a broad base for many different careers instead of preparing students for a specific occupation. Many jobs require good communications skills both in writing and speaking. Thus, a literature MA can lead to anything from arts director at a publishing house to communications guru at a government agency.

If you are interested in acquiring an MA in Literature, browse our database to locate a program that offers the courses and focuses you desire. 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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Nalanda University
Rajgir, India

The School offers Masters programme in World Literature. The programme enables students to gain a broad acquaintance with a gamut of literature across the genres from around t ... +

The School offers Masters programme in World Literature. The programme enables students to gain a broad acquaintance with a gamut of literature across the genres from around the world, transitions in the field of literary studies, literary and cultural texts, theories and methodologies of study as well as undertake coursework with specific, closely defined topics on a variety of literature and cultures and through a variety of materials. It explores literature and culture across languages, and investigates the intersections among literature, cultures, media, and disciplines, with a specific focus on South Asia and Southeast Asia. The programme offers a broad foundation for further research in literary and cultural studies. The mission of the curriculum is to provide students with a thorough grounding in the Humanities knowledge domains. Based on the interdisciplinary tradition of Nalanda University, the programme encourages the students to integrate insights and approaches from diverse domains into their studies. -
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Full-time
2 years
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
 
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 2022
31 Aug 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
 
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
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

The Leiden University Master in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programs in English, French, German and Italian literature and culture, as well as Literature in Soci ... +

The Leiden University Master in Literary Studies offers separate one-year programs in English, French, German and Italian literature and culture, as well as Literature in Society. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

What makes more sense than studying a Multilingual Master in the most prominent hub of multiculturalism in Europe? Take courses in linguistics and literary studies in up to ni ... +

What makes more sense than studying a Multilingual Master in the most prominent hub of multiculturalism in Europe? Take courses in linguistics and literary studies in up to nine different languages, specialise in a specific language-related scientific discipline and in one or two specific languages. -
MA
Full-time
English
19 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Szeged
Szeged, Hungary

The objective of this Master's training is to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the fields of French and French language, literature, linguistics and civilization. T ... +

The objective of this Master's training is to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the fields of French and French language, literature, linguistics and civilization. The diploma also includes knowledge of French at level C2, and makes it possible to hire the holder in intermediate or senior positions where adequate use of French, and literary, linguistic and cultural skills are necessary. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
French
Campus
 
Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy

This European, American, and Postcolonial Language and Literature degree at Ca' Foscari University of Venice enriches your knowledge and skills in relation to the study of lan ... +

This European, American, and Postcolonial Language and Literature degree at Ca' Foscari University of Venice enriches your knowledge and skills in relation to the study of languages, literature, and culture in European, North American, and postcolonial contexts. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Italian
Sep 2023
05 May 2023
Campus
 
Queen's University Belfast - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Belfast, United Kingdom

To provide students with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of English Literary Studies, enabling students to pursue specialised fields of study ( ... +

To provide students with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of English Literary Studies, enabling students to pursue specialised fields of study (via guided pathways in specialist areas) or to choose a flexible arrangement of topics which bypass traditional period or national boundaries. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
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
 
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 2022
Campus