The master's programme in English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies is designed for students who wish to undertake research in literature, with particular emphasis on theoretical, cross-cultural, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. Students may explore cross-cultural dimensions within English Studies, or Anglophone literature in relation to literatures in other languages. Intergeneric approaches to literature are also encouraged. Courses examine recent developments in theoretical tendencies and cultural analysis primarily in relation to literary texts but also with respect to the other arts, drawing from disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, sociology, history and philosophy.
Graduates of the programme will be able to demonstrate:
The MA in English & Comparative Cultural Studies offers a variety of courses within a set of four broader rubrics that represent the philosophy and objectives of the programme. Individual course offerings will be drawn from the following four rubrics, and may vary from one cycle of the MA to another. The program covers two semesters of study and the requirement for the MA degree is 90 ECTS points. In each semester of study, students are required to register for three courses of 10 ECTS each. Before the end of the second semester of study students develop and submit their thesis proposal under the guidance of an assigned supervisor and are expected to complete their thesis during the summer.
I) Issues in (Early) Modernity & Postmodernity
II) Narrative, History & Ideology
III) Discourse, Politics & Society
IV) Comparative Studies & World Literature
Candidates must hold a degree in a subject related to their proposed field of study and be competent in English. Competency in English can be demonstrated through a certificate from a recognized examining board. Candidates with a degree in English are exempt from this requirement. Candidates with no certificate from an established examining institution can take the Department's English Language Proficiency Exam.
The list of items accompanying applications includes:
The candidates may also be required to participate in an interview in order to assess their suitability for the programme.
Projected number of students: at most 10
No work experience is required.
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