Masters Programs in English Literature

Compare 4 Masters Programs in English Literature

English Literature

Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, many choose to advance their knowledge in their chosen field of study with a master’s degree. These programs usually take between one to three years to complete, often with the option to study full or part time.

What is a Master in English Literature? This degree is popular for recent graduates, as well as those with experience wanting to strengthen their practical knowledge with an academic foundation. A Master in English Literature is a graduate degree that typically studies written English language narratives in relation to their literary and cultural contexts. Students may study various works by a variety of authors, written in a range of historical periods. This degree typically combines literary theory, reading comprehension and critique, linguistics and philogy. At the end of the degree program, students will often be required to produce and defend a written academic thesis on a topic related to their studies.

A master’s degree in English literature usually involves not only reading comprehension, but it also may allow students to develop advanced written and verbal communication skills, analytical abilities and an understanding of how to craft a successful narrative.  These skills prepare graduates for employment in a variety of fields and create a strong foundation for further academic pursuits.

The cost of a master’s degree can vary widely based on the chosen school, its location and the length of the program. Contact the specific academic institution to discuss tuition costs and financial aid.

Completing a master’s degree in English literature may allow you to be eligible to teach related courses at a college or university level. Many graduates also often find employment in the fields of media, journalism, writing and publishing. Thanks to the practical skills learned in the degree program, many also find work in advertising, public relations, marketing and a range of other seemingly less-related fields.

The flexibility and affordability of studying online has created an increase in available programs worldwide. 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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Master in English Language and Literature

Masaryk University Faculty of Arts
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Brno

This degree study programme is divided into two tracks: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Literary and Cultural Studies. Each student chooses one track and the focus of their studies is in that track. [+]

This degree study programme is divided into two tracks: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Literary and Cultural Studies. Each student chooses one track and the focus of their studies is in that track. All students must complete three type A/required courses. The remainder of the programme consists of type B/selective and type C/elective courses that the student chooses based on the track chosen. The student then writes a Master’s thesis based on the track and relevant coursework. With the exception of some courses in translation, all teaching, coursework, and exams in this study programme are carried out in the English language.

A successful graduate is able to

write and speak in English with competence at the C2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages have a deep knowledge of literary and cultural theories and the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries have a deep knowledge of diachronic and synchronic linguistic theories, including the history of the English language. work independently and conduct critical analyses Graduate employment ... [-]

Master of Letters in English Literature

University of Glasgow
Campus Full time Part time 2 semesters August 2018 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

This programme gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in English Literature at postgraduate level across a wide range of courses led by internationally renowned experts. [+]

English Literature MLitt

This programme gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in English Literature at postgraduate level across a wide range of courses led by internationally renowned experts. A core research training course will introduce you to key skills in postgraduate study, while a flexible degree structure allows you to select from the rich variety of optional courses on offer from the School of Critical Studies and elsewhere in the College of Arts, or even beyond. You can also pursue one of the specialist pathways offered by English Literature, including Fantasy, Medieval and Early Modern, Modernities, and Victorian Literature. The programme ends with an opportunity to write a dissertation on an appropriate English Literature-related topic of your choice.... [-]


Master in Literary Studies: English Literature in a Visual Culture

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Literary Studies, program Literatures in English at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the relation between literature and visual culture. Rooted in VU Amsterdam tradition of studying the relations between word and image, this specialized interdisciplinary program will teach you to analyze the various ways in which textual and visual culture interact. [+]

Master in Literatures in English

The Master’s in Literary Studies, program Literatures in English at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the relation between literature and visual culture. Rooted in VU Amsterdam tradition of studying the relations between word and image, this specialized interdisciplinary program will teach you to analyze the various ways in which textual and visual culture interact. The topics studied from this perspective range from the Renaissance stage to screenwriting, from the relation between poetry and photography to film adaptations of gothic novels.The courses in this program are closely linked to the current research of staff members so that students are involved in cutting-edge developments. You are encouraged to explore your own interests in depth using the tools and theories we provide you with, culminating in your own research project when you write your MA-thesis in the second semester.... [-]


Master in English Language and Literature

University of Ostrava
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Ostrava

The structure, content and extent of the Follow-up Master's degree “English Language and Literature” follows on directly from the English-language version of the three-year Bachelor's degree “English Language and Literature.” [+]

The structure, content and extent of the Follow-up Master's degree “English Language and Literature” follows on directly from the English-language version of the three-year Bachelor's degree “English Language and Literature.”

The Follow-up Master's degree “English Language and Literature” is a philological programme, which requires candidates to possess an advanced level of language competence (CEFR level C1 – “proficient user”), a very good knowledge of the grammatical and lexical systems of modern English, an awareness of the characteristic features of functional styles, a basic awareness of the literature of English-speaking countries, and a general knowledge of these countries' culture and history.... [-]