Master Programme in English 2018/2019

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The Master Programme in English aims to deepen your knowledge of the literature and history of either Britain or the United States, or of the English language. There are a great number of stimulating course modules to choose from. For example, you can decide to immerse yourself in second language acquisition, in issues concerning language and society or world Englishes. If you are interested in literature and culture there are courses like Literature and Terrorism, Post­modern Literature, and Imagining America; Nationhood, Nationality, and Citizenship.

Why this programme?

The Master Programme in English is a two-year programme comprising three specialisations: English Language and Linguistics, English Literature, and American Literature and Culture. You study one of these specialisations. The issues treated in the essay sub­mitted with the application and the method used must be relevant to the selected specialisation of the Master’s programme. You will be trained in methods of research and in advanced academic writing.

The programme consists of core modules and electives taught by field specialists through a combination of seminars and written assignments.

English Language
The English language and linguistics specialisation is oriented towards empirical research in, for example, corpus li­nguistics, sociolinguistics, and English as a foreign language.

English Literature
The English Literature specialisation focuses on historical and theoretical transitions in English li­terature from Shakespeare to post­modernism and beyond, including ge­ndered and postcolonial critiques.

American Literature and Culture
The main focus of the American Literature specialisation lies on changes in literary concerns, t­hema­tic as well as aesthetic, from the American renaissance to the post-postmodern.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with English as the main field of study. After one year of study it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).


The Master Programme in English has three specialisations:

  • English Literature
  • American Literature and Culture
  • English Language and Linguistics
The course work in the literary specialisations is designed to develop your awareness of current literary criticism and to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct research within the field.

A few courses each term are followed by all students in the literary specialisations:

Term 1
Literature and Critical Practice, and Literary Theory

Term 2 and 3
Shocking Innovation, Postmodern Literature, Beyond Postmodernism, and Recent Developments in Literary Studies.

Other courses are specific for the chosen specialisation and deal with topics such as nationality and identity, drama, poetry, humour, experimental fiction, literature and ethics, literature and science, literature and terrorism, and cosmopolitan fiction. Some courses are offered in alternate years. The fourth term is devoted to an independent project of 30 credits.

The third specialisation is English Language and Linguistics. You are taught theories and methods that are necessary in order to conduct empirical study of the English language. In terms 1, 2 and 3 you take twelve 7.5-credit courses in language history, academic writing, corpus grammar, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. Included in the twelve courses are two free electives. The fourth term is devoted to an independent project of 30 credits.

In all three specialisations, you may choose to study only the first year and complete an independent project of 15 credits during the second term.

Learning experience

English is the working language of the Department of English. In the Master Programme in English, instruction, class discussions and examinations are in English, as are all teaching materials. Instruction takes the form of seminars. The programme takes place in Uppsala.

As a student in the programme you are examined both orally and in writing and in the form of continuous assessment.


The Master Programme in English prepares you for careers that require solid knowledge and skills as well as academic training in the subject of English. These include positions in higher education, schools, museums, archives, libraries, publishing companies, governmental authorities, government ministries, tourism, media (journalism, translation, for instance), and the EU (interpretation).


In addition to academic records, applicants should submit a statement of purpose and one or two independently written academic essays totalling no less than 8000 words. The issues treated in the essay and the method used must be relevant to the selected specialisation of the Master's programme.

Send your academic record (transcripts, diplomas) to:
University Admissions in Sweden
FE 20102
SE–839 87 Östersund

Send your statement of purpose and essay to:
Uppsala University
Department of English
Box 527
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Master Programme in English

120 credits

Autumn 2018 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2018-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5055 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be English.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • a statement of purpose; and
  • the quality of the Bachelor's thesis/degree project.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000

Contact and further resources

Department of English

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Box 527, 751 20 Uppsala

Telephone: 018-471 1245 018-471 1247

Fax: 018-471 1229


For programme-specific information, please contact the study counsellor at the department.

Telephone: +46 18 471 12 47

Fax: +46 18 471 12 29

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