English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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The Master Programme in English aims to deepen your knowledge of the literature and history of either Britain or the United States, or of the English language. There are a great number of stimulating course modules to choose from. For example, you can decide to immerse yourself in second language acquisition, in issues concerning language and society or world Englishes. If you are interested in literature and culture there are courses like Literature and Terrorism, Post­modern Literature, and Imagining America; Nationhood, Nationality, and Citizenship.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Master Programme in English from Uppsala University is a two-year programme comprising three specialisations: English language and linguistics, English literature, and American literature and culture. You study one of these specialisations. The issues treated in the essay sub­mitted with the application and the method used must be relevant to the selected specialisation of the Master’s programme. You will be trained in methods of research and in advanced academic writing.

The programme consists of core modules and electives taught by field specialists through a combination of seminars and written assignments.

English Language

The English language and linguistics specialisation is oriented towards empirical research in, for example, corpus li­nguistics, sociolinguistics, and English as a foreign language.

English Literature

The English Literature specialisation focuses on historical and theoretical transitions in English li­terature from Shakespeare to post­modernism and beyond, including ge­ndered and postcolonial critiques.

American Literature and Culture

The main focus of the American literature specialisation lies on changes in literary concerns, t­hema­tic as well as aesthetic, from the American renaissance to the post-postmodern.


The programme prepares you for careers that require solid knowledge and skills as well as academic training in the subject of English. These include positions in higher education, schools, museums, archives, libraries, publishing companies, governmental authorities, government ministries, tourism, media (journalism, translation, for instance), and the EU (interpretation).


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with English as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).

Programme Structure

The programme has three specialisations:

  • English Literature
  • American Literature and Culture
  • English Language and Linguistics

The course work in the literary specialisations is designed to develop your awareness of current literary criticism and to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct research within the field.

A few courses each semester are followed by all students in the literary specialisations:

Semester 1

  • Literature and Critical Practice, and Literary Theory.

Semester 2 and 3

Shocking Innovation, Postmodern Literature, Beyond Postmodernism, and Recent Developments in Literature and Theory.

Other courses are specific for the chosen specialisation and deal with topics such as nationality and identity, drama, poetry, humour, experimental fiction, literature and ethics, literature and science, literature and terrorism, and cosmopolitan fiction. Some courses are offered in alternate years. The fourth term is devoted to an independent project of 30 credits.

The third specialisation is English Language and Linguistics. You are taught theories and methods that are necessary in order to conduct empirical study of the English language. In terms 1, 2 and 3 you take twelve 7.5-credit courses in language history, academic writing, corpus grammar, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. Included in the twelve courses are two free electives. The fourth term is devoted to an independent project of 30 credits.

In all three specialisations, students may choose to study only the first year and complete an independent project of 15 credits during the second term.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 21086 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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