English Language and Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English, French (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (ARWU) ,
The Master of Arts in English Language and Literature is a second-cycle program that gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of one of the subjects they studied for their Bachelor’s degree.


Each Master’s program has a handbook that contains a list of modules grouped by theme. Students should select their modules based on their major. Each module requires some form of evaluation. With a Master’s degree, students can gain access to even more specialized research programs.

Length of programme:
  • 3 semesters
ECTS credits:
  • 90

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Literary Research Methodologies
  • The Syntax of the Clause
  • The Western, 1900 - 1940
  • Poetry and the Visual Arts
  • Reading Saussure and Chomsky
  • Literary Research Methodologies
  • The Syntax of the Clause

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    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).

  • Minimum required score:


    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).

Academic Requirements

  • Candidates for the Faculty must meet the University's general enrollment conditions
  • They must also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, referred to below as BA, or a degree considered equivalent by the Dean of the Faculty
  • Candidates who hold a diploma or degree equivalent to at least 180 credits from another Faculty of arts or university may be admitted to the Faculty for an MA programme; they may request that their additional credits be treated as equivalents
  • Candidates for a Master of Arts/MA in disciplines requiring specific expertise for a BA may be required to do supplementary studies before being admitted.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    920 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 460 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    920 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 460 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • 500 CHF / semester

Living costs for Genève

  • 1925 - 2850 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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