English Language and Literature (18 months, Master of Arts)


The Master of Arts in English Language and Literature offers students the opportunity to examine literary, theoretical and critical texts from a variety of cultural contexts, fostering advanced skills of comprehension, interpretation, and analysis. A core feature of the program is the investigation of English as a global language, with courses in Applied Linguistics, Second-Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and the methodology of English-Language Teaching, enabling students to develop practical and academic techniques for further research in the fields of Literature and Linguistics.

Employment Opportunities

The MA in English Language and Literature prepares students for doctoral studies and careers in a variety of firms. Students
will aquire the necessary skills to become teachers in schools, colleges and institutes. With a Master’s degree they will be
eligible under the law to operate their own language institute. Other graduates will seek places as administrators, writers,
journalists, research assistants in academic institutions, research officers in Government agencies, NGOs, professional
organizations, commercial publishers and media.

Program Outline

All students pursuing a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature program must complete the following requirements:

Degree Requirements Credits ECTS
Core Courses 21 60
Elective Courses 3 10
Master Thesis 6 20
Total Requirements 30 90

Core Courses 21 Credits 60 ECTS
Code Course Title Credits ECTS
ENG531 Cultural Studies 3 8
ENG542 Theories of Literature 3 10
ENG582 Postcolonial Studies 3 7
LIN501 English Language Teaching (ELT) Methodology 3 8
LIN551 English in Globalisation 3 7
LIN561 Core Issues in Second Language Acquisition 3 10
MEL512 Research Methods 3 10

Elective Courses 3 Credits 10 ECTS

Students select one (1) of the following courses.

Code Course Title Credits ECTS
ENG621 Special Topics in Literature 3 10
LIN621 Special Topics in Linguistics 3 10

Master Thesis 6 Credits 20 ECTS
Code Course Title Credits ECTS
MEL695 Master Thesis 6 20

Objectives & Outcomes

General Objectives
  • The development of advanced research skills appropriate to the fields of Literature and Linguistics.
  • The sustained and intensive development of critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills, particularly related to modes of humanistic and linguistic inquiry
  • The broadening of students’ linguistic, literary and cultural horizons
  • The understanding of the role of English in a globalised world and its implications on English language acquisition and teaching
Specific Objectives
  • The familiarization of postgraduate students of Literature with writing in English from a broad range of national contexts
  • The familiarization of postgraduate students of Linguistics with core issues of Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.
  • The acquisition of an awareness of the relationship between language and society with particular reference to the English language
  • The development of necessary vocabulary and linguistic skills to enable students to become teachers of English or to further their postgraduate studies in Translation and Interpretation.
  • The fostering among postgraduate students of advanced abilities in the comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary, theoretical, and critical texts from multiple cultural contexts
  • The provision to students of the necessary knowledge to prepare for, begin, and sustain independent research in the field of Literature and Linguistics, culminating in individually tailored research projects and/or theses


Learning Outcomes
On completion of the program, students should be able to:
  • Apply theoretical knowledge they have acquired in their courses onto current cultural, social and historical debates.
  • Identify commonalities and divergences in international literary cultures that would assist an informed and full assessment of their immediate literary and cultural milieu.
  • Implement contemporary methods of English Language Teaching.
  • Draw informed conclusions on the functions and status of English as a global language and identify varieties of English worldwide (World Englishes)
  • Participate in current debates on language learning, second language acquisition and bilingualism.  
  • Participate with confidence in political debates on gender, sexuality, the body, public and private identity performance, subjectivity, nationalism, and human rights.
  • Draw informed conclusions about literature’s relationship to other art forms in a critical framework that also evaluates art and its attendant politics.
  • Practise bibliographical research and apply research organization skills useful in the conceptualization of European research proposals.

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