Master of Art Degrees in Literature

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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 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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MA In Reading With An Emphasis In Secondary Education

Grand Canyon University
Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2018 USA Phoenix Albuquerque Sun City South Phoenix Scottsdale + 4 more

Prepare adolescents with the literacy skills needed for college or a future career. Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, offered by the College of Education, aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association and prepares specialists for the demands of student development. [+]

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Prepare adolescents with the literacy skills needed for college or a future career. Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education, offered by the College of Education, aligns with the standards of the International Literacy Association and prepares specialists for the demands of student development. The rigorous curriculum serves schools and districts by providing diverse students fair access to high-quality education with a foundation in literacy.

Through observational and practice-based experiences, the MA in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education provides the application of theory and educational best practices to improve literacy in collaborative settings. Effectively deliver curriculum, instruction, and assessment with a strong foundation in corrective reading strategies. It surveys a variety of assessment tools, instructional approaches and effective communication techniques for optimized learning. Candidates engage in advanced studies in secondary schools to inspire the creation of literate environments and support literacy across content areas.... [-]


MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country. [+]

Examine how literature reflects and shapes the way we see the landscape and the environment.

Staff are internationally recognised for their research in this field.

Opportunities for fieldwork with heritage organisations, resources or archives.

Literary works cover a broad historical range and a wide range of landscapes.

We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.

The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; early modern London; postmodern American cities; and literary journeys in modernist/ postmodernist literature.... [-]


MA in Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

This practice and the research-based programme will enable you to explore and develop your interest and skill in all forms of narrative and sequential illustration. The programme provides a lively and creative atmosphere in which you may produce your own children's book, graphic novel or illustrated text using our extensive facilities, supported by a variety of highly experienced staff and professionals including publishers, editors and successful practitioners in the field. [+]

This is a highly practical course that aims to give students the very best opportunity to publish in these fields. The course is staffed by practicing illustrators with rich and varied experience in these fields and invaluable insight into all aspects of publishing. The course will draw on the advice and expertise of visiting publishers, writers, editors, designers and art directors offering the best possible opportunity into the seemingly impenetrable world of publishing, narratives and children's books.

Middlesex University offers superb facilities, including our exceptional printmaking rooms offering silkscreen, litho, monoprint, wood and lino cutting, etching and drypoint options. Students will have access to our state-of-the-art reprographic department, where dummy books and sample illustrations may be printed to the highest professional quality. In addition, we offer practical bookbinding expertise and instruction, enabling students to produce illustrated material to the highest presentation standard.... [-]


MA Literary Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The MA in Literary Studies offers separate programmes in the literature of English, French, German and Italian. [+]

The master's programme in Literary Studies at Leiden University offers you a specialised qualification in one of four languages and cultures or a comparative perspective on literature and culture, with each programme offering considerable scope for individual customisation.

Customise your degree

We believe that freedom plays an important role in unlocking potential. The master’s programme in Literary Studies has a high degree of flexibility to enable you to tailor the programme to your particular interests. Your curriculum could include a single or combined major and electives from other specialisations – even other master’s programmes. You are also free to go abroad for a specific university course or an internship in order to deepen or widen your focus.... [-]


MA in Literary Studies

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 Netherlands Groningen

Are you interested in the study of literature? This Master's programme offers three tracks: Writing Editing and Mediating, English Literature and Culture, and European Literatures and Culture. [+]

Are you interested in the study of literature? Investigate our tracks to see the courses we offer.

The one-year Master's degree in Literary Studies offers three tracks:

In the track in European Literatures and Cultures, you study the arts and literature of Europe. You will explore subjects such as the impact of globalization on European literature; and the shifting of worldviews within European art. You will focus on the language and culture you studied as a Bachelor's student.

The track in English Literature and Culture explores English literary classics and new works of English literature in their cultural context. As a student of this programme, you can draw from the full historical and geographical sweep of literature in the English language.... [-]


MA in Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies (Research)

Radboud University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

The Research Master's programme prepares you for an international academic career, whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you. [+]

Whether it is the history of Europe, the development of modern European literature or the art of Rome that fascinates you, the Research Master's specialisations is an excellent choice for talented students who want to prepare themselves for an international academic career.

Specialisations

You can choose from the following English-taught specialisations:

Historical Studies Literary Studies Art and Visual Culture

Course programme

All three Master's degree specialisations have a similar structure which contains the following elements:

Theory of scientific research in Humanities 5.0 EC Methods and Techniques in Humanities 5.0 EC Contemporary Debates in Humanities 5.0 EC Academic Writing. 5.0 EC Key Texts for Humanities 5.0 EC Research seminar 5.0 EC Research paper and proposal 5.0 EC Master's thesis and colloquium 30.0 EC Plus disciplinary courses and research stay/internship abroad 55.0 EC ... [-]

Master in Linguistics and Literary Studies

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Belgium Brussels

Our Master’s programme offers you the unique possibility to take courses in linguistics and literary studies in up to six different languages and to specialise in one specific language-related scientific discipline and in one or two specific languages. The programme of the Multilingual Master contains courses in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The programme is built up of three components: the required courses, the choice for one language or two languages, and a multilingual profile. [+]

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

Linguistics and literary studies are among the most fascinating studies, especially in a city like Brussels where more languages are spoken than anywhere else in Flanders, Belgium or Europe. A Master’s student in linguistics and literary Studies gets access to other languages and cultures which opens up new horizons of understanding. Our multilingual Master's programme prepares students for a globalized labour market where multilingualism is increasingly becoming a necessity. The internationally oriented city of Brussels is the perfect location to personally experience the diverse aspects of multilingualism and multiculturalism. Our Master’s programme offers you the unique possibility to take courses in linguistics and literary studies in up to six different languages and to specialise in one specific language-related scientific discipline and in one or two specific languages. The programme of the Multilingual Master contains courses in the following languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The programme is built up of three components: the required courses, the choice for one language or two languages, and a multilingual profile. ... [-]


M.A. in Linguistics and Literature: English

University of Antwerp
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Belgium Antwerp

“English” on the Master's level at the University of Antwerp amounts to a set of research-oriented courses in linguistics and literature that aims to provide the successful student with knowledge, skills and attitudes to pursue a variety of careers—either in (academic) teaching or the cultural sector at large. [+]

The M.A. in Linguistics and Literature: English offers a range of courses to choose from in the fields of both linguistics and literary studies. There is only one compulsory element - you must take at least one linguistics course and one literature course. The master thesis constitutes an important part of the degree and is worth 18 of the 60 ECTS credits. Literature topics include the American historical novel after 1950, the construction of age, and the work of Samuel Beckett. Linguistics courses include pragmatics, negation, and curriculum and syllabus design.

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MA in Italian language, literature and culture

USI Università della Svizzera italiana
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Switzerland Lugano

The Master in Italian language, literature and culture is offered by the Institute for Italian Studies (ISI) of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI in Lugano. The full-time study programme is offered entirely in Italian and comprises 120 ECTS (for a usual duration of 2 years). An agreement signed on April 4th 2011 estabilishes the equivalence between the Master in Italian language, literature and culture (USI) and the Laurea magistrale "Filologia moderna. Scienze della letteratura, del teatro e del cinema" (Università degli Studi di Pavia). [+]

The study programme of the Master covers three main subject areas: Italian language / Italian and comparative literature / Arts, history and culture, within a holistic framework encouraging the encounter of expertise from different academic fields. Italian literature, the central subject of the Master, is taught with constant reference to the culture in which it has been produced and studied.

The teaching staff includes internationally renowned scholars with outstanding research records in the various fields. Learning benefits from the linguistic and cultural situation in Ticino, an Italian speaking environment open to multilingualism, and from the excellent study conditions at Università Della Svizzera Italiana.... [-]


Master of Arts in English Major in Creative Writing

Silliman University
Campus Full time 2 years November 2018 Philippines Dumaguete

Students majoring in Creative Writing may choose to submit creative work (poems or stories; a play or a novel) as their thesis. A substantial critical introduction to such a thesis is generally required. [+]

Students majoring in Creative Writing may choose to submit creative work (poems or stories; a play or a novel) as their thesis. A substantial critical introduction to such a thesis is generally required.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates for the M.A. in English with a concentration in literature and creative writing must pass two examinations before they enroll in Thesis Writing. One examination is based on a reading list common to all such programs. The second examination is in the area of concentration. Within English and American Literature, the following may be chosen:

The Beginning of English Literature English Literature of the Renaissance Seventeenth-Century English Literature Eighteenth-Century English Literature Nineteenth-Century English Literature American Literature to 1900 English and American Literature of the Twentieth Century Cost & Fees ... [-]

Master of Arts in Kiswahili (MA Kiswahili)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15 months February 2018 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

Courses offered in this program shall include two main areas of study: linguistics and literature. A student will have the choice of majoring in any one of the two areas. [+]

Program Structure

Courses offered in this program shall include two main areas of study: linguistics and literature. A student will have the choice of majoring in any one of the two areas.

In the first year of study, the student will attend lectures, do assignments and write term papers based on registered courses. A course in Research Methodology is especially crucial to a postgraduate student because it will give the student knowledge and skills which he/she would apply when working on his/her proposal and in thesis writing. The student is advised to identify his/her area of research during the first year of study.

In the second year of study, after having identified a topic the student will work closely with a supervisor to develop a research proposal, for the eventual presentation of the same before a panel of scholars.... [-]


MA English Literary Studies

University of Southampton
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Southampton + 1 more

The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth-Century fiction to Victorian print culture, Modernisms and Modernities, Literature and Law, Holocaust Literature, and postcolonial world literatures. [+]

The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth-Century fiction to Victorian print culture, Modernisms and Modernities, Literature and Law, Holocaust Literature, and postcolonial world literatures.

The programme can be taken over one-year full time or two years part-time.

Introducing your degree

The programme will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and to examine how literature shapes the public understanding of diverse fields such as climate change, economics, medicine, religion, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognized masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in careers such as writing, broadcasting, teaching, and public administration.... [-]


MA in English Language and Literature

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom London

The English Language and Literature MA aims to allow you to explore the interconnections between language and literature. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of the linguistic features of English from a wide range of perspectives (theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic), as well as leading you to explore a wide array of texts in connection with the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. [+]

The English Language and Literature MA aims to allow you to explore the interconnections between language and literature. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of the linguistic features of English from a wide range of perspectives (theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic), as well as leading you to explore a wide array of texts in connection with the social, historical and political circumstances from which they emerge. Furthermore, the MA will equip you with the intellectual perspectives and the scholarly skills that will prepare you to conduct independent research.

Course content

The MA is suitable for students who have taken English language and/or literature modules at an undergraduate level, and others who have taken allied disciplines such as TESOL. It is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue further study and those teaching English who wish to gain a further qualification and investigate recent and current developments in the field.... [-]


MA in English Literature

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 4 years September 2018 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

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. [+]

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.

Two Major Options:

Concentration in Composition, MA Concentration in Literature, MA

Courses in this program will help students achieve substantial preparation in a variety of areas, including writing theories, writing pedagogies, alternative literacies and the relationship between composition and literature. It will be up to each student to determine his or her personal and professional needs and, with the graduate advisor, to create a program that will address both program requirements and individual needs.... [-]


MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. [+]

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature.

Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice-based dissertation. At the end of the programme, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.... [-]