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Linguistics and Literature: English

Course Description

Stressing the theoretical and methodological framework specific to its field, the MA in English Language and Literature will develop you into a scholar with attractive autonomous critical and research skills.

This master's programme broadens and deepens your knowledge and command of English through a curriculum combining English linguistics and literature. The programme emphasises the academic study of English in all its aspects, ranging from the theoretical and historical study of English the language and literature to creative mastery of the living language, both spoken and written. The curriculum combines theoretical courses with seminars - willand is designed to open updevelop your academic skills and communicative ability.

Benefiting from the research and expertise of English scholars at the Faculty of Arts, students from both Belgium and abroad live and study in a vibrant international atmosphere and further master both their proficiency in English and their methodological, critical-theoretical, and heuristic skills.

Our team of internationally -renowned experts will prepare you for a career in communications, intercultural relations, education, translation, linguistics, and research, not to mention the avenues offered in the vast media sector.

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The main goal of the programme is to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of English linguistics and literature, both in its theoretical aspects and its applications. The overall aim of the programme is to train highly proficient students of English to investigate and situate relevant linguistic and literary research topics in an autonomous way and to communicate their findings and insights effectively.

This aim implies an excellent command of English as a prerequisite for research and scientific communication. It also implies a good grasp of research procedures, including systematic training in methodology and experience in sustained research, e.g. through the writing of an MA dissertation under the supervision of qualified staff member.

Building on BA degrees in languages and literatures (including English), the programme emphasises the development of a sound theoretical and methodological framework, the ability to take part in critical debates about data and research findings, and the stimulation of independent thinking.

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Combined with a teacher-training certificate, this degree offers a strong qualification for graduates who wish to teach English in secondary or higher education. Graduates are thoroughly familiar with leading contemporary research in a particular field of English linguistics or literary criticism and are thus perfectly equipped for research at a higher level (PhD programmes / research projects, etc.). Graduates also develop the communicative skills required to report, both orally and in writing, on research findings and insights. Those skills can be used in a broad range of professional contexts where the ability to digest, synthesise, and present complex phenomena is essential.

Entry Requirements

Direct admission: Bachelor in de taal- en letterkunde: Engels. After admission: Bachelor in Linguistics and Literature in English. Students with a degree other than 'Bachelor in de taal- en letterkunde: Engels' (e.g. Bachelor's degree in English) are required to submit a file showing substantial academic background in the field of study. Some previous academic study of linguistics and of literary criticism is essential. More information: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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