Goal, contents and structure

The Master’s programme in English Studies offers a wide range of courses in English linguistics, literatures in English and the teaching of English. You can take courses in all three areas or just focus on one of them. 

The courses in the programme help you develop your expertise in areas that are often separated in other programmes: English language and linguistics, literature in English, and the teaching of English. By working in a stimulating environment with accomplished researchers and teachers, you will also develop other skills needed in your future career, such as skills in presentation, independent and group work, and project management.  

An MA in English Studies prepares you for a variety of jobs, and our graduates have been successful in finding employment. If combined with mandatory pedagogical studies, the Master’s degree in English Studies qualifies you to be a language teacher. Alternatively, you can find employment in media or publishing, business, or international organisations where language skills are required. English is used globally as the language of science, culture, business and tourism, and experts in English are required in all of these fields.

Courses in English Studies focus on several topics relating to the English language, literatures in English, and teaching English. You can choose to combine courses from one or more lines according to your interests. In Linguistics courses you will focus on the structure and uses of English as well as on language variation and change, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. In the Literature courses you will study several areas of the various literatures in English from narrative, cognitive, postcolonial and ecocritical perspectives. Courses in Applied Linguistics are tailored especially for future language teachers. 

As a student in English Studies, you will attend lectures but also work in collaboration with other students, partly in digital learning environments. To assess your learning progress, several methods are used, such as examinations, essays and learning diaries. In English Studies you will also practice your spoken and presentation skills.

The scope of the Master’s degree is 120 credits (ECTS). The degree contains the following studies:

  • Advanced studies in the discipline (60–120 credits) and
  • If needed, you can take other courses to achieve the minimum credit requirement for the degree (a total of 120 credits).

With full-time studies you should be able to complete the Master’s degree in two years.

During your Master’s studies, you will focus mainly on your specialization, deepening your knowledge through coursework and writing your Master’s thesis. 

Depending on your interests, you can also include elective subjects and other supporting studies.

To help you complete your studies, you will be assigned a personal advisor who will help you prepare a personal study plan at the beginning of your Master’s studies. 

The Master’s programme culminates in writing your Master’s thesis, an independent scientific study. The aim of the Master’s thesis is to develop your skills required for conducting research. The most important of these include the ability to seek information independently, analyse and assess existing information critically, and produce and apply information independently. In addition, writing your Master’s thesis develops your project management skills and your mastery of an extensive body of knowledge.

In English Studies, you will write your thesis in English.

The aim of the Master’s thesis is to develop basic skills required for conducting research, including:

  • Defining your chosen research problem in the context of previous research in the field
  • Finding information independently and assessing this information critically
  • Mastering the theories and research methods required in your work
  • Analysing your data
  • Communicating your results in a clear and logical format appropriate to the audience

Given its scope and complexity, the Master’s thesis will help you develop research and project management skills which will be useful in a variety of professions.

MA theses in English studies