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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

For short descriptions of the courses offered, click here.

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.

 
 


(C) MA in ENGLISH STUDIES [top]
 
This Master's programme is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study and research in English Studies. Drawing from the fields of Literary and Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, and the study of the English Language, this interdisciplinary, inter-generic programme balances theoretical, cultural and practical concerns. It has the following main objectives: 
  • To provide graduate students with a holistic understanding of hermeneutic and pedagogical issues of interpretation and transmission. 
  • To offer an extensive focus on theoretically and historically informed perspectives on Literature. 
  • To develop a particular focus on the role of the interlingual and intercultural transfer of literary texts through translation and adaptation. 
  • To provide a vital background in the philosophy and practice of language. 

The programme is divided into two components: The taught component covers the main areas of English Studies and familiarizes students with research methodology; the thesis component gives students the opportunity to undertake research in a specialized area of interest. Offered courses will be drawn from a list of broader rubrics (listed below) that represent the philosophy and objectives of the programme. These course offerings may vary from one cycle of the M.A. to another, but by the end of the third semester students will have taken a minimum of one course from each of the four rubrics.

LIST OF RUBRICS:

I) Topics in Literary and Cultural History 

ENG 700 Aesthetics & Literature: From Romanticism to Postmodernism 
ENG 713 Gender, Sexuality & Subjectivity in Early Modern Literature & Culture 
ENG 721 Nation and Narrative 
ENG 723 Early Modern Literature and Political Theory 
ENG 724 The Struggle for Shelter: Refugees, the Five Generations, 1935-2020 
ENG 725 Writing the Anthropocene 
 
II) Questions in Comparative Cultural Studies 
 
ENG 705 The Animal in Literature and Philosophy 
ENG 716 The Sublime 
ENG 719 Space and Cultural Production 
ENG 720 Seminar in Contemporary Feminist Theory: Debates on Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics 
ENG 726 Advanced Seminar in Literary and Cultural Theory 

III) Reception, Translation, Adaptation 

ENG709 Imagined Worlds: The Long Nineteenth Century 
ENG727 Reading, Re-reading, Failing to Read: Methodo-logical Questions in Literary and Cultural Criticism 
ENG771 Shakespeare's Afterlives 
ENG772 Translation Criticism
 
IV) Language, Literature, Pedagogy 
 
ENG704 Critical Pedagogy and Shakespeare 
ENG740 Language Teaching and Learning 
ENG743 Principles of Linguistic Analysis I 
ENG748 Principles of Linguistic Analysis II 
ENG749 First and Second Language Acquisition 
ENG760 Philosophy of Language 
ENG761 Pragmatics: Utterance, Context, Communication
 
Structure
 

First Semester

ECTS

Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Advanced Research Skills I (Compulsory) 10

Second Semester

 

Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Advanced Research Skills II (Compulsory) 10

Third Semester

 

Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Compulsory course drawn from rubrics 1-4 10
Research Portfolio (Compulsory) 10

Fourth Semester

 

Master Thesis in English Studies 30

Total ECTS 

120

 
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 English Studies.