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35 Masters Programs in 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 strengt… Read more

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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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
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
 
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
 

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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
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. ... +

The aim of this Master’s programme is to strengthen the student’s historical knowledge and theoretical understanding of relations between literature, culture and modern media. Consequently, the literary text is studied from an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The student can choose between a specialisation in Children's and Adolescent, English, French, General, German, Russian, Spanish, or Yiddish literature, and in Scandinavian studies. The tuition consists of compulsory courses taught in English and individually selected courses taught within the various language orientations. The programme serves as preparation either for further academic studies or for a professional career related to the field of literature, culture and media. -
MA
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
 
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
 
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
 
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

The Master's Program in English Literature provides a comprehensive study of literature from across the Anglophone world. Courses highlight how literature shapes and is shaped ... +

The Master's Program in English Literature provides a comprehensive study of literature from across the Anglophone world. Courses highlight how literature shapes and is shaped by history, its relevance for contemporary issues such as climate change and conflict resolution, and its ability to challenge and refine a reader's ways of thinking. Building on a diversity of critical approaches, the program helps students refine their abilities to think analytically and creatively. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
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
English (UK)
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
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 2022
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
Campus
 
Istanbul Aydin University
Istanbul, Turkey

The department of English Language and Literature provides advanced education in English Language and Literature by presenting students with contemporary methods, comparative ... +

The department of English Language and Literature provides advanced education in English Language and Literature by presenting students with contemporary methods, comparative approaches, and universal perspectives in linguistics and literary studies. Our Master’s Degree program at the Social Sciences Institute at Istanbul Aydın University aims at encouraging students in acquiring critical thinking, persuasive communicative skills, and a sophisticated perspective on the English language and literature. The department accepts students with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature or other (un)related fields as long as they demonstrate English proficiency. Ones who do not qualify need to take no-credits preparatory courses at the bachelor’s degree level for at least one semester that will not count towards their Master’s degree. A total of at least 24 local credits and at least 8 courses and a seminar constitute the course work of 60 ECTS required for a master's degree program with thesis. A thesis of 60 ECTS credits is required for the completion of this 120 ECTS program. The program is modular and consists of elective courses. Students can take elective courses from other related branches as long as their advisors approve. The fact that the teaching staff of the English Language and Literature department has different backgrounds and specializations makes the program more appealing. English Language and Literature program aims at training English Language and Literature lecturers and staff and provides research opportunities for those who are academically involved. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
30 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Our MA in Gaelic Literature (Online), offered by the Department of Modern Irish at UCC, provides students with an in-depth introduction to a distinctive body of literature, gi ... +

Our MA in Gaelic Literature (Online), offered by the Department of Modern Irish at UCC, provides students with an in-depth introduction to a distinctive body of literature, giving expression to the many identities of the Gaelic world, and extending over 1200 years, from monastic to modern times. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
12 Sep 2022
Online
 
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

This degree is a world first. There’s nowhere else you can study black British writing in such an in-depth way – in the actual country where the writing is produced. We trace ... +

This degree is a world first. There’s nowhere else you can study black British writing in such an in-depth way – in the actual country where the writing is produced. We trace diasporic and aesthetic routes and draw upon the expertise of literary and drama specialists. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus