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For secondary school english teachers wanting to undertake this program as part of their professional learning (fully accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers) click on the following link. Read more
For secondary school english teachers wanting to undertake this program as part of their professional learning (fully accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers) click on the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/english/postgrad/

According to the 2013 QS world rankings, the Department of English at the University of Sydney is rated the best in Australia, the best in the entire Asia-Pacific region, and the 12th best in the world.

The Master of English Studies brings together contemporary critical theory with literary narratives to investigate how and why literature continues to enjoy particular resonance in a 21st-century environment. It focuses on four core critical approaches – critical reading, literary history, genre, and literary comparison (including the question of English as a world literature). Building upon the department’s established reputation in literary studies across a wide historical and geographical range, our scholarly experts teach in a broad spectrum of fields: medieval, early modern, 18th and 19th-century, modern and contemporary, American and Australian literatures, as well as various aspects of cultural theory.

We offer a more extensive choice than any other English department in Australia. This allows those returning to study for pedagogical or other professional purposes to update their skills in any given area of English studies.

Part of the program’s aim is to consider ways in which the study of literature in English works in a specifically Australian cultural context. In this sense, the Master of English is aligned with the contemporary repositioning of Australia in relation to “the Asian century” and to global culture more generally. Building on Australia’s long‑established international reputation in Cultural Studies, this program seeks to expand consideration of literary as well as cultural narratives across a broad transnational framework. It provides an excellent foundation for research students, both from Australia and overseas, who wish to reconsider literature in English within a dynamically expanding global field.

Synergies with the Master of Creative Writing also allow you to explore various forms of contemporary writing practice and to engage with a lively series of visiting speakers from the active community of writers in Sydney and abroad. Students in the Master of English Studies can, if they choose, take creative writing units of study in contemporary poetry, fiction and screenwriting.

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