General Information on postgraduate studies

The Department of English Studies offers postgraduate programmes at the master level and supervision by research at the doctoral level, leading to an MA and PhD, respectively. All postgraduate programmes are watched over by a three-member committee, which is appointed every two years. The Committee is chaired by a Postgraduate Coordinator. While there are no taught PhD programmes, the Department does offer PhD degree schemes in subjects related to all research interest areas of its academic faculty.

The different MA programmes do not necessarily run every year. Please, check on the relevant announcements of the Graduate School for updated information. These can be found in the pages of the Graduate School and in the Announcement section of the pages of the Department of English Studies.
 
The relevant annoucements also contain full information on the application period, the number of students to be admitted to each programme, the admission requirements and the application procedure. Generally, all applicants for entrance in the MA programmes offered by the Department must hold a first class or upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to their proposed field of study. All candidates must be competent and fluent in English and, depending on the nature of the programme, in other relevant languages. Applicants for admission at PhD level must hold a Master degree (or equivalent), awarded by a recognized University in a subject related to their proposed field of study; alternatively, they must show evidence of their ability to conduct research. Although candidates need not have completed their degree at the time of application, they must have received it before they are allowed to commence the postgraduate programmes.
 
Further information:

For PhD Research Guidelines, please, click here.

For Information on tuition fees, click here.

For the Code of Ethics, click here.

 


 
POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES AT MA LEVEL
 
 
(A) MA in TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL) [top]

The programme is primarily designed for those interested in TESOL as an academic field and has the following main objectives:
  • To offer students a solid foundation and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of TESOL, from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. 
  • To acquaint students with new areas in the field (such as computer-assisted language learning, alternative assessment, English as a lingua franca). 
  • To engage students in research in the field of TESOL and consequently encourage them to further their studies. 

The programme is divided into two components: The taught component covers the main areas of TESOL and familiarises students with research methodology; the thesis component gives students the opportunity to undertake research in a specialized area of interest. 

Structure

First Semester

ECTS

ENG 740 Language Teaching and Learning 10
ENG 741 Trends in Applied Linguistics 10
ENG 742 Research Methodology 10

Second Semester

 

ENG 753 Language Testing and Assessment 10
ENG 754 Materials Development and Course Design 10
ENG 75X Elective Course 10

Third Semester

 

ENG 765 Master Thesis in TESOL 20
ENG 762
Teaching Portfolio Development  10

Total ECTS 

90


Assessment

Each taught course is usually evaluated through continuous assessment which may include a midterm exam, a final exam, a research paper and various others assignments. Students are also required to write a 15,000-word thesis on some aspect of TESOL.
 
 
 


(B) MA in THEORETICAL AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (TAAL) [top]

The programme is primarily designed for those interested in the scientific investigation of language and has the following main objectives:
  • To offer students a solid foundation and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of English grammar and the structure of language. 
  • To acquaint students with different areas in the field (such as syntax, semantics, phonology, applied linguistics, etc.). 
  • To provide guidelines for students conducting research in the field of Linguistics, and consequently encourage them to further their studies. 

The programme is divided into two components: The taught component covers the main areas of Linguistics and familiarises students with research methodology; the thesis component gives students the opportunity to undertake research in a specialized area of interest. 

Structure

First Semester

ECTS

ENG 741 Trends in Applied Linguistics 10
ENG 743 Principles of Linguistic Analysis I 10
ENG 766 Portfolio Development I 10

Second Semester

 

ENG 748 Principles of Linguistic Analysis II 10
ENG 742 Research Methodology 10
ENG 767 Portfolio Development II 10

Third Semester

 

ENG 749 First and Second Language Acquisition 10
ENG 750 Topics in Linguistics 10
ENG 768 Portfolio Development III 10

Fourth Semester

 

ENG 769 Master Thesis in TAAL 30

Total ECTS 

120

Assessment

Each taught course is usually evaluated through continuous assessment which may include a mid-term exam, a final exam, a research paper and various others assignments. Students are also required to write a 15,000-word thesis on some aspect of linguistics.