The Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus offers one undergraduate degree programme, from which successful students graduate with a BA in English Language and Literature, and a number of postgraduate degree options. These currently include MA courses in English Studies and Linguistics and, at the doctoral level, PhD research degrees in any field of a supervising faculty member's specialisation.
The Bachelor of Arts degree programme in English Language and Literature (BA in English) is designed on the basis of three different areas of specialization (tracks), which, in general, aim to help students develop the reflective awareness, characteristic of the Humanities, that problems of knowledge and truth cannot be divorced from the textual and historical conditions of their emergence.
To achieve this objective, the programme offers a wide range of courses in each of the three tracks. They include theoretical and applied linguistics, language development, research and teaching methodology, literature, history and culture, literary theory, translation theory, translation methodology, and interpreting. In addition to compulsory courses (incl. foreign-language courses and university-wide electives), students choose from a variety of departmental elective courses — small-class seminars in linguistics and literature — which change from semester to semester.
- Appointment in Secondary Education
- Employment in State training programs
- Employment in private education (private schools, language institutes)
- Appointment in the public and wider public sector of the Republic of Cyprus
- Employment in the bank sector
- Appointment in the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus
- Employment in private companies of all kinds
- Employment in the media (print and electronic journalism, TV stations, radio stations)
- Employment in translation and interpreting professions
- Employment in publishing professions (e.g. editing, publishing)
- Professions related to theater and film (direction, management, production)
- Creative writing (writing, poetry)
- Cultural management (cultural institutions, museums, etc.)
- Further studies at graduate level (Masters and PhD).
The Department of English Studies adheres to a strong ethical code regarding the prevention and avoidance of academic misconduct. Therefore, it has produced a Policy on Academic Integrity and Misconduct, which is available here. This policy is regularly disseminated to all students of the Department, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
English is the language of instruction in all courses, though English and Greek may be used in Translation Studies courses, due to their particular nature. Therefore, a high level of proficiency in English is required for admission to the Programme. All courses are credited in European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points.
The infrastructure of the Department includes a modern and fully equipped Phonetics Laboratory for research and teaching purposes, an Interpreting Lab for courses in conference interpreting, a Language Teaching and Assessement Lab and a Translation Technology Lab. There is also a room with computing facilities for our students.
Administratively, the Department is divided into three Sections, each of which is responsible for the corresponding area of study: