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English Literature - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of English Literature
Admission requirements:Bachelor in English
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April
International applicants: 15 November
Application code:

Nordic applicants: 5072

International applicants: 2055

Programme description

The master's programme in English literature gives students the opportunity to study a broad range of literary and cultural texts in English, while specializing in an area of their choice under the leadership of a researcher in that field. The English section can offer supervision in English, Irish, American and post-colonial literatures, and is particularly strong in the areas of romanticism, modernism, and contemporary literature.

Each year, students are offered courses organized around socially-relevant themes, key literary periods and genres, and/or prominent authors. All master's level courses include training in secondary research and literary theory, practice in close analysis, and feedback on students' written work.

In moving from coursework to the master's thesis, students move toward a more specialized focus and more independent research. This research is supported by each student's supervisor and by a series of organized work-in-progress seminars targeting the skills needed for master's-level research.

The programme consists of:
60 credits coursework in English literature (ENG-3000-level)
60 credits Master's thesis (ENG-3992)

The mandatory coursework includes:
ENG-3192 Literary and Cultural Theory; and

One course from each of these categories:
3000-level Literature and Society Courses (such as Literature and Justice; or Literature and the Environment)
3000-level Period-Based Studies (such as Modernism, Major Authors or Contemporary Poetry)
3000-level Studies in Genre (such as Short Fiction or Development of the Novel)

Literary and Cultural Theory (ENG-3192) and Literature and Society courses are offered in the fall. Studies in Genre and Period Studies courses are offered in the spring. The remaining 20 credits of coursework may be fulfilled by choosing from any ENG-3000 courses offered in literature/culture. Specific courses being offered vary, and will be stated in the course catalogue for the current semester.

Students wishing to substitute courses from other relevant fields (typically selected to support research for the master's thesis or during an exchange) may apply to have this substitution approved on an individual basis (up to 20 credits).

The master's thesis is theoretically-informed work of independent research on a limited topic within English literature. Theses are 70-100 pages in length (1.5 spacing, Times New Roman 12).

Students are assigned a supervisor appropriate for their topic. The topic of research will be decided upon in collaboration with a member of the English literature section.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) ENG-3192 Literary and Cultural Theory - 10 stp.
2. sem. (spring)
3. sem. (autumn) ENG-3992 Master's Thesis in English Literature - 60 stp.

Learning outcomes

After completing the master's degree in English literature, candidates will have the following learning outcomes:


The candidate:


The candidate can:

General Competence

The candidate is able to:

Teaching and assessment

In order to reach the learning goals, students should expect to work 40 hours a week attending and lectures, seminars and studying independently.

The master's thesis requires independent research and writing on a specialized topic chosen by the student in collaboration with a supervisor. Students are expected to anticipate and organize their research and writing tasks and to produce work to be discussed at regular meetings with their supervisor.

Most courses include written assignments or oral presentations that must be approved in order to take the exam.

The most common forms of examination are home exams written on assigned topics over a one-two week period or term papers on topics that students choose in cooperation with course instructor. Grades range from A-F, where A is the highest grade and F is fail.

For further information about work requirements, exam formats and evaluative criteria, see the individual course descriptions.

Language of instruction

The language of all teaching and examinations is English.

Exchange possibilities

Exchange studies abroad will make you more attractive on the job market. Studies abroad will increase your learning outcomes, improve your language skills, give you unique adventures and international experience. Students taking the Master's in English Literature are encouraged to make use of one of our exchange agreements in the second semester.

For an updated overview of exchange universities, please take a look at UiT's webpage on student exchange.

The application deadlines are:

1 February (autumn semester)
1 September (spring semester)

Job prospectives

English master's candidates possess sought-after analytical and creative thinking skills and are respected for their skills in oral and written communication. A master's degree in English literature prepares students for work in the literary and cultural industries through positions in publishing, journalism, museums, libraries, and bookstores. It also prepares graduates for a wide range of jobs that require culturally-sensitive international communication. The independent work of the master's thesis provides experience relevant for higher positions in the government and in business.

Finally, the programme qualifies students for admission to doctoral programmes in literature, thereby providing possibilities for further research career.