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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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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 2021
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
30 Jul 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
12 months
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 

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Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

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

This Research Master’s programme 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
01 Sep 2021
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
 
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 2021
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
20 Sep 2021
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
Campus
 
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
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The Master’s programme in the interdisciplinary field of human rights, with a profile within the humanities, combines historical, philosophical, political and legal perspectiv ... +

The Master’s programme in the interdisciplinary field of human rights, with a profile within the humanities, combines historical, philosophical, political and legal perspectives on the complex phenomena that human rights represent in our world. Our teaching faculty reflects the academic width of the Master’s programme. We are committed to the view that human rights need to be regarded and studied not only as ethical principles or grounds for law and policy but also as part of the infrastructure of a democratic society. Students have the opportunity to complete an internship, fieldwork, or study aboard as part of their studies. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
30 Aug 2021
Campus
 
Polis – The Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities
Jerusalem, Israel

Students who successfully complete this program may register at the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) and be awarded a Master’s of Arts Degree in Ancien ... +

Students who successfully complete this program may register at the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) and be awarded a Master’s of Arts Degree in Ancient Philology by that institution once they have fulfilled its requirements. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
24 Aug 2021
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
Sep 2021
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
Sep 2021
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 2021
Campus