41 MA Programs in Literature

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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Hong Kong Baptist University - Faculty of Arts
Hong Kong

The MA programme in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) offers students the opportunity for focused study while at the same time devoting the entire heft of the curriculu ... +

The MA programme in Literary and Comparative Studies (MALCS) offers students the opportunity for focused study while at the same time devoting the entire heft of the curriculum to literary studies in a global and comparative context. This global focus offers a discernible and distinctive character to the programme, and it resonates with the ethos of HKBU — an ethos that places learning within an internationalized context while at the same time according to the utmost importance to the needs of the individual learner. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
31 Jan 2020
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 2020
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
01 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the p ... +

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Lugano, Switzerland

The Master's course proposed by the Institute of Italian Studies presents a peculiarity that is totally unique with respect to the educational offer of the other Universities, ... +

The Master's course proposed by the Institute of Italian Studies presents a peculiarity that is totally unique with respect to the educational offer of the other Universities, because it is based on a study plan consisting of courses that, every year, are gathered around a specific theme: thematic unit that becomes a stimulus and a concrete opportunity for interdisciplinarity. It intends to offer its students the acquisition of a mature right of citizenship in the domain of the word, which will allow them to question the present, to consciously set out towards the future and, above all, to recognize their own uniqueness of persons. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
Italian
Sep 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Mary Immaculate College
Limerick, Ireland

The English Department in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has offered a highly-successful and popular one-year taught M.A. degree.

The English Department in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has offered a highly-successful and popular one-year taught M.A. degree. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Nottingham University Malaysia
Semenyih, Malaysia

The MA English Language and Literature provides you with an opportunity for advanced study in contemporary Literary Studies and Applied Linguistics.

The MA English Language and Literature provides you with an opportunity for advanced study in contemporary Literary Studies and Applied Linguistics. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Our MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories is an interdisciplinary, transnational programme. It invites students to engage with crucial debates about the different ... +

Our MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories is an interdisciplinary, transnational programme. It invites students to engage with crucial debates about the different ways in which cultures across time and space have understood the relationship between literature and the world, the concept of representation and the role of the author in the cultural domain. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
01 Jul 2020
Campus
 
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, USA

This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, ... +

This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

This new and unique Master importantly addresses black writing as a continuum. Its heritage in British culture is considered along with a trajectory marked by historical prese ... +

This new and unique Master importantly addresses black writing as a continuum. Its heritage in British culture is considered along with a trajectory marked by historical presences as connecting with migratory, indigenous and global perspectives. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom

This Master’s programme is informed by the thriving 21st Century research community at the University of Lincoln.

This Master’s programme is informed by the thriving 21st Century research community at the University of Lincoln. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Jan 2020
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 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Linnaeus University
Växjö, Sweden

The program meets needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism at the time of colonial conquest and rule, and ... +

The program meets needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism at the time of colonial conquest and rule, and in view of how previous colonial relations continue to influence the postcolonial present. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
31 Aug 2020
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

This Research Master’s program offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its fu ... +

This Research Master’s program offers you an excellent balance between linguistic variety and general theoretical perspectives on the nature of literature, its past and its future. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality is located at the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This international, interdisciplinary and multi ... +

The Master's track in European Literature and Interculturality is located at the Department of European Languages and Cultures. This international, interdisciplinary and multilingual environment offers excellent opportunities for research and immerses them in vibrant networks of experts across different European countries and languages. The following languages can be chosen as major languages: French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English, Dutch
01 Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus