Masters Programs in English Literature

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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 Advanced English Studies

Universidade da Coruña
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 year September 2017 Spain A Coruña

The Inter-university Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications (iMAES), run by the Universities of A Coruña (UDC), Santiago de Compostela (USC) and Vigo (UVigo), is an accredited programme which meets the high standards of excellence of the European System of Higher Education. [+]

Masters in English Literature. Introduction The Inter-university Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications (iMAES), run by the Universities of A Coruña (UDC), Santiago de Compostela (USC) and Vigo (UVigo), is an accredited programme which meets the high standards of excellence of the European System of Higher Education. Classes are held at each of the three organising universities, so that students can choose the location and schedule that best suit their needs and interests. The Master consists of both attendance-based and online training, each course (3 ECTS) involving 14 classroom hours and 7 hours online coursework. In total, it develops a 60-credit academic program over one academic year. Why study The Master prepares students for the demanding standards of the international job market and offers advanced training in the core subject areas of English language and linguistics and Anglo-American literature and culture. It also gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in both conducting and applying linguistics and literary research. There is also a practicum module which affords students a unique opportunity to work with outside organisations with which the organising universities have established partnership arrangements. The Master also allows students to begin work on a PhD, in that it provides the preparatory coursework required for writing a PhD dissertation. It constitutes the pre-requisite coursework for the Inter-university PhD Programme in Advanced English Studies: Linguistics, Literature and Culture, also jointly organised by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo. Study Structure Common Module: Mandatory Methodology... [-]

Master in English

Across the Pond
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Aberdeen Belfast Brighton Canterbury Cardiff Chester Cirencester Colchester Edinburgh Epsom Exeter Falmouth Farnham Glasgow Guildford Huddersfield Leeds Leicester Lincoln Liverpool London Loughborough Manchester Newcastle Norwich Nottingham Oxford Reading Rochester Sheffield + 28 more

The subject of English is one of the most wide-ranging subjects of study offered at university. Although the focus is on literature, the nature of English literature exposes students to thinking in other realms of history, politics, philosophy and more. [+]

The subject of English is one of the most wide-ranging subjects of study offered at university. Although the focus is on literature, the nature of English literature exposes students to thinking in other realms of history, politics, philosophy and more. This makes the UK, with its world-renown education system, one of the best places in the world to study such a multi-disciplinary subject. Another thrill for English literature students, specific to the UK, is the knowledge that many of the authors studied in class were not only from the UK, but often still have remnants around the country for students to visit, such as the houses of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Wordsworth and so many more. At the undergraduate level, students can expect an overview of English literature, ranging from Medieval to twenty-first century. Students will have the opportunity to choose optional modules (classes) alongside the required core modules, which will enable them to focus more on certain areas of interest, such as Victorian literature, creative writing, American literature, Gothic literature, children’s literature, Shakespeare, and many more. In England and Wales the degree will consist of three years of study; in Scotland the degree is four years. In the former, students can expect to take a heaver load of core classes the first year, gradually adding more optional modules as the years progress and they learn their own areas of greatest interest. Students will usually write a dissertation in the third year, though some universities have... [-]

Master in Drama / Theatre

Across the Pond
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Aberdeen Belfast Brighton Canterbury Cardiff Chester Cirencester Colchester Edinburgh Epsom Exeter Falmouth Farnham Glasgow Guildford Huddersfield Leeds Leicester Lincoln Liverpool London Loughborough Manchester Newcastle Norwich Nottingham Oxford Reading Rochester Sheffield + 28 more

To many, the United Kingdom is the birthplace of modern theatre and the mecca for anyone who wishes to study drama. With its rich history of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Stoppard, Coward and more, the UK is often seen as the place to not only visit the theatre, but also to study and explore as a student. [+]

Masters in English Literature. To many, the United Kingdom is the birthplace of modern theatre and the mecca for anyone who wishes to study drama. With its rich history of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Stoppard, Coward and more, the UK is often seen as the place to not only visit the theatre, but also to study and explore as a student. The UK’s emphasis on and continued support for the theatre makes it an ideal place for aspiring drama and theatre students to pursue their studies, at both the undergrad and postgrad level. Undergrad students can expect to be plunged right into the heart of theatre from day one. As UK undergrad degrees are far more focused and specialized, most students will experience acting on a regular basis and be given far more responsibility and roles as an undergrad than they would have at a US institution. In terms of technical and behind-the-scenes theatre, students will be given hands-on training much faster than they would as an undergrad in the states. Many UG Drama or Theatre courses offer an array of specialties such as acting, directing, or even studying plays themselves from an English degree. Two of our partner universities, the University of Leeds and Oxford Brookes University, offer sandwich courses which adds an additional year of study involving full-time work placement right in the theatre industry, often with playhouses or studios. We currently have 16 partner universities that offer Drama and Theatre courses at the post-grad or MA level of study:... [-]

Master in English Language and Literature

Masaryk University Faculty of Arts
Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 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 Graduates with this degree are capable of complex written and oral expression in English. They have a deep knowledge of the literatures, cultures, and histories of the major English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and the Commonwealth countries. In addition to work in the fields of translating, interpreting, editing, journalism, tourism, and teaching at both the secondary and tertiary levels, graduates are well-suited for any profession that demands the ability to think and express themselves independently... [-]

Master of Letters in English Literature

University of Glasgow
Campus Full time Part time 2 semesters August 2017 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. [+]

Masters in English Literature. 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. Why this programme The structure of the degree allows you to follow either a bespoke English Literature MLitt programme, constructing your own pathway through a range of different courses, or one of several specialist pathways to suit your interests (see below). You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that makes Glasgow such a vibrant place for postgraduate study. The core research skills programme includes tailored workshops with the University’s archives and world-class Special Collections, as well as providing the academic and technical skills you will need to succeed at postgraduate level in the university and other professional environments. Programme structure There are five different pathways through the MLitt in English... [-]

Master in Anglophone Studies

Metropolitan University Prague
Campus Full time Part time 4 semesters October 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Two-year postgraduate programme that develops and deepens the knowledge acquired in previous studies. Previous studies in the same field are NOT a requirement. [+]

Master in Anglophone Studies

 

The Master’s Degree study programme in Anglophone Studies is a two-year programme that develops and deepens the knowledge acquired in previous studies. This interdisciplinary programme is designed as a four-semester curriculum. The language of instruction is English.Master’s programme graduates acquire expertise in selected Anglophone countries. They are knowledgeable in international relations, cultural and historical connections, and the distinctive realities of particular English-speaking countries. They understand the society of these countries as well as their internal and external relations.

Master’s Degree graduates are highly employable in the fields of... [-]


Master in English Language and Literature

University of Ostrava
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 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.” [+]

Masters in English 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. This knowledge and these skills are further developed and enhanced in the Follow-up Master's degree. In linguistics, students' knowledge of the modern English language is complemented by a knowledge of historical grammar and diachronic language change; there is an extensive focus on higher levels of language and features of linguistic communication (text linguistics, linguistic pragmatics, sociolinguistics); and there is also an emphasis on a contrastive approach (linguistic interference). In literature, students acquire a deeper knowledge primarily of modern British and American literature, while also broadening their horizons to encompass literary criticism. Graduate Profile and Career Opportunities: The aim of the degree is to ensure that graduates attain an expert level of philological knowledge and are experienced, independent users of the English language (CEFR level C2), with a solid knowledge of English linguistics and of the literatures and cultures of English-speaking countries; this knowledge and these skills... [-]