Who is this MA for?

Students with a degree in English Philology, English Studies or other degrees related to the subjects of the MA (provided that they can accredit an effective level of C1 in English for all skills (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking )


When can I pre-register? 

Pre-registration for 2020/21 is now closed. Information on pre-registration for 2021/22 will be made available in January 2021. 


Is this a one-year MA?

Yes it is, as the 60 academic credits can be completed in one year.
However, a longer part-time option is also possible, provided that the minimum number of credits initially enrolled for is at least 30.


When do lectures take place?

In the mornings, from Monday to Friday (08:30 to 14:30)


How are modules assessed?

Evaluation on the MA modules is by continuous assessment: you will be asked to write assignments, present projects, do practical exercises, take exams, etc.

For further information, please consult the Course Guides for each module, which are published here.


Does this MA have one track only?

No, it has two discipline-specific tracks, and (from 2020-21) now also offers a further non-track option:

  • Multilingualism and the Acquisition of English
  • Literature and Cultural Studies.
  • Non-Track

For the Linguistics and Literature tracks, students take two common modules (Advanced Academic Abilities and the Master’s Degree Dissertation), and specialise in either Linguistics or Literature (see below).

For the non-track option, please click here.


What does each track offer?

Multilingualism and the Acquisition of English

Obligatory moduleQualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Optional modules (5 offered each year): 

  • The Acquisition of Phonology and Lexical Access in English as a Second Language (2020/21)
  • The Acquisition of English Syntax and Morphology 
  • Multilingualism in the Mind
  • English Language Teaching Methodologies and New Technologies (2020/21)
  • Sociolinguistics and Multilingualism: A Critical Approach (2020/21)
  • Contexts of Instructed Second Language Acquisition (2020/21)
  • Internship (2020/21)

Literature and Cultural Studies

Obligatory module: Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism: Adultery and Marriage in C19 Fiction

Optional modules (4 offered each year):

  • The Renaissance: Desire in Poetry and Drama from Shakespeare to Milton (2020/21)
  • Postcolonialism: Desire and the Other (2020/21)
  • Love and Death in American Literature (2020/21)
  • Gender Studies: New Sexualities/New Textualities (2020/21)
  • The Eighteenth Century: The Seduction Plot and the Rise of the Novel
  • Modernity: Art, War and Crisis

Non-Track Option (details here)


How is the Advanced Academic Abilities module organised?

This module is worth 15 academic credits. Students of all tracks must take a common module (6 credits) and another itinerary module (6 credits). The other 3 credits are obtained by attending the PhD Workshop that the Department organises, as well as attending a series of research sessions that vary each year, but which are all related to the Department’s Research Groups.


What is the Master’s Degree Dissertation (“TFM”)?

A significant academic-writing assignment in which you will be expected to make an original contribution to existing knowledge in an area of research.

  • Students are guided in this process from the very beginning of the year.
  • They are assigned a supervisor in January.
  • The TFM should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words (30-50 pages) long.
  • It is assessed by a committee of two experts in the field in July.

What topics can be written on for the TFM?

Some examples of recent TFM titles in Multilingualism and the Acquisition of English:

• On the Acquisition of yes/no-answers to Negative Questions by Advanced Vietnamese Learners of English as a Foreign Language
• The Effect of Age and Gender on EFL Motivation in China
• The Relation between Sentence Stress Perception Ability and Listening Comprehension in High School EFL Learners
• Impairment or Missing Surface Inflection in the Acquisition of English 3rd Person Singular? Evidence from Chinese Young Learners of English
• Attitudes and Ideologies of Russian Learners towards Varieties of English Accents
• Transfer from L2 Chinese to L2 English: on the Case of that-Omission

Some examples of recent TFM titles in Literature and Cultural Studies:

• Trauma and the Absurd(s): War Representation in Phil Klay’s Redeployment
• Dickensian Journalism: A Corpus Approach to Reporting Verbs in David Copperfield and Bleak House
• Caught Between Islands: A Study of Cosmopolitanism in Andrea Levy’s Small Island
• Temporary Transgenderism in Charles Stross’ Glasshouse: Patriarchal Suburbia and the Limits of the Post-human
• Becoming the Uniform: Defining the Individual through Dress and Colour in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
• Female Struggle and Resistance in the Precolonial and Colonial Periods in Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna


Where can I find the lecturers’ contact details?

This information is available in the Ambits & Lecturers section of this blog.