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 Masters 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.
The English language and linguistics specialisation is oriented towards empirical research in, for example, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and English as a foreign language.
The English Literature specialisation focuses on historical and theoretical transitions in English literature from Shakespeare to postmodernism and beyond, including gendered and postcolonial critiques.
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).
The programme has three specialisations:
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:
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.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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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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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