M.A. English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies

University of Cyprus

Application deadline: 31st of March:for the fall semester;31st of October for spring semester
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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:

* advanced knowledge and understanding of a broad spectrum of critical and methodological approaches to texts, and the ability to develop complex interpretations of literary and related texts, often in interdisciplinary contexts;
* knowledge of a broad social, cultural, and historical framework of the development of relevant literature(s);
* knowledge of a broad range of core literary and related texts relevant to the field of study, and of their interpretations;
* ability to communicate ideas in accordance with professional standards and conventions of academic writing, with a view to contributing to the development of knowledge;
* ability to demonstrate autonomy and responsibility in the delivery of work in a manner transferable to a range of professional contexts;
* ability to think and articulate ideas creatively.


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

* ENG707 The Problem of Subjectivity in Postmodern Theory and Literature
* ENG716 The Sublime
* ENG718 Space and Cultural Mobility in Postmodern Theory and Literature
* ENG719 Space & Cultural Production

II) Narrative, History & Ideology

* ENG711 Literature, Society and Revolution in the Early Modern Period
* ENG713 Gender, Sexuality & Subjectivity in Early Modern Literature & Culture
* ENG714 Literature and the Art of Living
* ENG721 Nation and Narrative

III) Discourse, Politics & Society

* ENG705 The Animal in Literature and Philosophy
* ENG709 Imagined Worlds: The Nineteenth Century
* ENG712 Friendship in Philosophy & Literature
* ENG720 Seminar in Contemporary Feminist Theory: Debates on Ethics & Politics

IV) Comparative Studies & World Literature

* ENG700 Aesthetics and Literature: from Romanticism to Postmodernism
* ENG710 Comparative Studies in World Literature and Culture
* ENG717 Translation in World Literature & Culture


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:

* a filled-out formal application sheet ( application sheets can be obtained online at: ),
* a certified copy of the BA Degree (or an official document certifying that the student will have graduated before the start of the Programme), plus a certified copy of the BA Degree script,
* a full CV in English,
* the student's initial statement of purpose (1-2 pages),
* writing samples in English, and
* min. 2 letters of recommendation

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

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