MA programmes

 

The Department of English Studies offers postgraduate programmes at the master level, leading to an MA. All MA programmes are watched over by a three-member committee, which is appointed every two years. The Committee is chaired by a Postgraduate Coordinator. The different MA programmes do not necessarily run every year. Please, check on the relevant announcements of the Graduate School for updated information.

The relevant announcements of the Graduate School also contain full information on the application period, the number of students to be admitted to each programme, the admission requirements and the application procedure. Generally, all applicants for entrance in the MA programmes must hold a first class or upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a subject related to their proposed field of study. All candidates must be competent and fluent in English and, depending on the nature of the programme, in other relevant languages. Although candidates need not have completed their degree at the time of application, they must have received it before they are allowed to commence the postgraduate programmes.

Below you can see the MA programmes currently running at the Department of English Studies:

 


MA in TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)

The programme is primarily designed for those interested in TESOL as an academic field and has the following main objectives:

  • To offer students a solid foundation and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of TESOL, from both a theoretical and a practical point of view.
  • To acquaint students with new areas in the field (such as computer-assisted language learning, alternative assessment, English as a lingua franca).
  • To engage students in research in the field of TESOL and consequently encourage them to further their studies.

The programme is divided into two components: The taught component covers the main areas of TESOL and familiarises students with research methodology; the thesis component gives students the opportunity to undertake research in a specialised area of interest.

Structure

First Semester ECTS
ENG 740 Language Teaching and Learning 10
ENG 741 Trends in Applied Linguistics 10
ENG 742 Research Methodology 10
Second Semester
ENG 753 Language Testing and Assessment 10
ENG 754 Materials Development and Course Design 10
ENG 75X Elective Course 10
Third Semester
ENG 765 Master Thesis in TESOL 20
ENG 762 Teaching Portfolio Development 10
Total ECTS 90

Assessment

Each taught course is usually evaluated through continuous assessment which may include a midterm exam, a final exam, a research paper and various others assignments. Students are also required to write a 15,000-word thesis on some aspect of TESOL.

 


MA in THEORETICAL AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (TAAL)

The programme is primarily designed for those interested in the scientific investigation of language and has the following main objectives:

  • To offer students a solid foundation and deepen their knowledge in the main areas of English grammar and the structure of language.
  • To acquaint students with different areas in the field (such as syntax, semantics, phonology, applied linguistics, etc.).
  • To provide guidelines for students conducting research in the field of Linguistics, and consequently encourage them to further their studies.

The programme is divided into two components: The taught component covers the main areas of Linguistics and familiarises students with research methodology; the thesis component gives students the opportunity to undertake research in a specialised area of interest.

Structure

First Semester ECTS
ENG 741 Trends in Applied Linguistics 10
ENG 743 Principles of Linguistic Analysis I 10
ENG 766 Portfolio Development I 10
Second Semester
ENG 748 Principles of Linguistic Analysis II 10
ENG 742 Research Methodology 10
ENG 767 Portfolio Development II 10
Third Semester
ENG 749 First and Second Language Acquisition 10
ENG 750 Topics in Linguistics 10
ENG 768 Portfolio Development III 10
Fourth Semester
ENG 769 Master Thesis in TAAL 30
Total ECTS 120

Assessment

Each taught course is usually evaluated through continuous assessment which may include a mid-term exam, a final exam, a research paper and various others assignments. Students are also required to write a 15,000-word thesis on some aspect of linguistics.

 

 

 

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