Master programme in English: Literary specialisation
The diverse forms of the English language are extensively present in public and private life, as well as in both local and international culture. The study of English use and English-language cultural expression is therefore concretely relevant and has many potential applications across domains such as education and academia, politics, culture, media, business, and more.
The program specializations share a joint theme of "English in contemporary life". The linguistic specialization comprises courses that mainly concern applied linguistics, with an overall focus on perspectives and methods for studying and understanding language use as social interaction, cognition, text, and discourse. The literary specialization comprises courses that variously concern cultural and literary negotiations of contemporary life, with an emphasis on historical and geographical contextualizations as well as critical perspectives. The program's courses highlight contemporary language use and materials, as well as contemporary theories and methods, and are intimately tied to research specializations at the department. The courses do not merely concern the English language and English literature in themselves, but also concern how linguistic and literary perspectives can shed light on societal phenomena, issues, and developments.
A Degree of Bachelor with at least 90 credits in English, or equivalent, including a degree project/essay of at least 15 credits at G2E level or equivalent. Upper secondary level English 6/B.
EducationThe Master program in English offers specialized training in the English subject, with either linguistic or literary specialization. Elective courses from either of the two specializations can also be combined within the chosen specialization.
The first semester is composed of obligatory courses, after which the course progression is based on a combination of elective courses within the program and optional courses offered by Karlstad University or at other universities. During the third semester, it is possible to choose to study abroad. Except for the obligatory introductory course and the degree project, the exact course progression through the program depends on what year the student is enrolled as well as the student's own choices and preferences. The flexibility offered by this program structure means that you will not adhere to a course progression determined in advance. Instead, you may yourself plan your progression in consultation with the program coordinator and the study and career counselor.
On the website for either specialization, you can see an example outline of a recommended course progression for full-pace studies. The program courses are offered on a rotating schedule. Therefore, which courses are obligatory during the first semester, as well as which are elective during the subsequent semesters, will vary based on the student's year of enrolment. Please note that the names and order of the program courses may change.
Form of InstructionThe program's obligatory and elective courses are offered at half- or quarter-pace. This makes it possible for students to complete the program in two years at full pace or in four years at half pace. Instruction takes the form of remote learning, although there may be some possibility for supervised activity on campus in some courses. Instruction is generally conducted in the form of lectures, seminars, and group work. Examination is most commonly in the form of individual written assignments and oral presentations. However, other forms of examination may occur according to the courses' respective syllabi.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Theoretical perspectives on literary and cultural negotiations (Obligatory)||15|
|Dystopia and apocalypse (Obligatory)||7.5|
|African American women's novels (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Negotiating the autobiographical I: American women's autobiographies 1968-2020 (Elective)||7.5|
|Science Fiction and Intercultural Encounters (Elective)||7.5|
|Degree Project in English Literature (Master) (Elective)||15|
|Optional course (Optional)||15|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|African popular literature from the postcolonial novel to contemporary comics (Elective)||7.5|
|Women writers' science fiction and fantasy (Elective)||7.5|
|Optional course (Optional)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Degree Project in English Literature (Master) (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.
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Employment MarketA Master in English entails specialized analytical and critical skills connected to culture, language, and communication.
This program is intended to prepare students for research. This means that you will be prepared for, and will earn attractive and relevant merits for, conducting doctoral studies or working as research assistant in English or related disciplines and subjects. However, the program also gives you analytical and critical skills and competencies related to research and development work that can potentially be applied in any domain where language, culture, and communication are central.
- Start Autumn 2023
- Mode of study Distance without on-campus meetings (Ortsoberoende)
- Language English
- Application code KAU-80037
- Study pace 100% (Day)