School of Social Sciences

English Language Department

MA in English Language and Literature


Graduates of an integrative MA programme in English Language and Literature may be employed in a wide range of educational, public, and media establishments, government and non-government organizations. This programme allows students to examine interconnections between language and literature in-depth and provides understanding of the linguistic features from various perspectives as well as enables studies of different literary texts within their social, historical and cultural context. The educational component incorporated in the programme allows graduates to pursue a teaching career referred to English-related subjects at both secondary and tertiary levels. The MA programme in English Language and Literature is suitable for students who have been specialized in English Language/Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/TESOL/ English Literature or any other specialty which is related to English language and/or literature at undergraduate level.  


The Master of Arts in English Language and Literature is an 18- to 24-month (3 or 4 semesters) programme which presumes full-time study, 180 credits in one academic year. The second year or six months of the second year is devoted to work on MA dissertation on a topic of English Language/Teaching English Language or English Literature/Teaching English Literature which should typically be between 30,000 and 40,000 words. Candidates who successfully pass all taught courses of 120 credits in total but do not submit a dissertation or receive a no-pass mark for a dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Only students who successfully complete the coursework and the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature. 


The programme consists of the following modules subject to faculty availability:

Applied Linguistics

Contemporary English-American Literature and Fiction Interpretation

Research Methods

Discourse Analysis

Literary Criticism: Classical Approaches and Innovations

English for Specific Purposes

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Comparative Literature

Material Development and Curriculum Design

Methodology of Teaching English Literature

Skills Development

The main aims of MA in English Language and Literature are to provide an advanced, wide-ranging study of English language as well as applied linguistics, literature and teaching methodology, promote understanding of the nature of human language and its importance in teaching languages, particularly English to speakers of other languages, develop advanced skills in bringing up arguments, synthesizing and critically expressing opinions, enhance advanced skills of research and presentation specific to English language or literature, and build scientific basis for further doctorate research.


The structure of the programme has been designed with specific progress in mind, and the assessment methods are developed to support this objective. Students are assessed by means of a range of methods including but not limited to essays, reports, examinations, critiques, group and individual projects, presentations, and a dissertation. 


The MA in English Language and Literature concludes with a 30,000- to 40,000-word dissertation in a manuscript of original research conducted by a student under supervision of a chosen/assigned research supervisor. Writing a dissertation is aimed at strengthening students’ academic skills in general and more specifically – at preparing students for further scholarly research at doctorate level, developing their research skills, presenting their own work in compliance with appropriate academic standards, gaining necessary research and self-reflection skills to deal with weaknesses in students’ own scholarly and/or teaching practices in the future.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

1.    A minimum of a second class, division 1 honours degree (2:1) or equivalent from a recognized university (equating to a score of 60% or above from a UK Institution, 67% from UKH or an Iraqi Institution, or a GPA of 3.0 or above from an American Institution).

2.    A second class, division 2 honours degree (2:2) which equates to a 50-59% or above in a UK Institution or 58%-66% in UKH or an Iraqi Institution, accompanied by:      

a.    A relevant professional qualification at an equivalent level and/or

b.    Substantial relevant professional experience.

3.    Minimum English Language requirement for Masters in English Language and Literature, a minimum PTE Academic score of 64 (with no less than 55 in Listening and Speaking, 61 in Reading and 64 in Writing), 6.5 in IELTS (with no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking, and 6.5 in Reading and Writing) or 94 in ibt-TOEFL (with no less than a 21 in Listening and Speaking, 23 in Reading and 24 in Writing).

4.    Interview 

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is USD $4500 for the whole programme.

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