Master’s degree programme in ENGLISH STUDIES

Degree to be achieved: Master Degree in Humanities in Language Studies
Duration of studies: 2 years
Type of studies: Full time
Amount of credits: 120 ECTS
European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level: Level 7
International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level: Level 7
Language of instruction: English
Accreditation: Study programme is licenced

Tuition fee

This study programme seeks to provide an opportunity for in-depth understanding of English studies from literary, linguistic and language acquisition perspectives and ability to undertake independent research. These areas are in the focus of the core courses, while elective courses aim at enhancing the knowledge in particular areas. As English is the language of instruction and assignments, the study programme is fully accessible for international students.

Study period and classes time

The full – time degree programme covers two academic years. Classes are in the evenings of working days from 4.30pm (or 6.15pm) till 9.30pm.

Programme structure

The Master’s degree is completed in two years (four semesters) and it consists of coursework and a research thesis.  During the first three semesters the focus of attention is on deepening  the knowledge through course work.  It includes lectures, independent reading and  seminars in the stimulating environment of a whole range of core courses (54 credits), e.g.,  Literature and society, Discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis studies, Foreign language acquisition - theory and practice, Research methodologies and other courses as well as elective courses (33 credits), e.g., Literature and media, Postcolonial novel, Syntax, Introduction to computational linguistics and other courses. In addition to course work, an elective internship (3 credits) is available during the third semester.  The fourth semester is devoted to writing the research thesis (30 credits) in the selected area  of interest. Some of the studies can be completed abroad by taking part in a student exchange programme.

Career opportunity

Studies enable students to consider a whole range of employment options - at educational institutions, public administration agencies, translation and terminology centres, non-governmental organizations, the EU structures as well as in media or publishing, business or international organisations. In addition, students’ exposure to job situations related to MA students’ study fields and consolidation of skills in these fields during their internship, expand their future employment opportunities. Master’s degree holders can also continue studies at the PhD programme.

Admission requirements

1. Bachelor's and / or Master's degree or second level professional higher education or equivalent higher education
2. English language proficiency.

          Admission criteria: 

            1. Persons who have not completed previous education in the humanities are subject to the competition evaluation criteria - grade point average of undergraduate studies and average grade of the final examinations, and  must pass an entrance examination - interview, which assess the applicant's knowledge and understanding of linguistics and literary studies for successful master's program.

            2. For persons who have completed previous education in the humanities, the evaluation criteria of the competition are - grade point average of undergraduate studies and average grade of the final examinations.

Enrolment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)

For applicants who have not completed previous education in humanities: 

1. The average grade obtained in final exams (40%);

2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (60%).

For applicants who have completed previous education in humanities: 

1. The average grade obtained in final exams (35%);

2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (35%); 

3. Entrance examination (30%)

Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

As a part of the admission process applicants will be asked to participate in an online interview.
 

Autumn Intake (application start: 4 Jan 2021; studies start in Sept 2021)

Full-time

 

Contact person for more information

Director of the Programme                            
Assoc. prof. Zigrīda Vinčela
E-mail: zigrida.vincela@lu.lv

Coordinator of the Programme                      
Ieva Melbārde
E-mail: ieva.melbarde@lu.lv
Phone: +371 67034913
Faculty of Humanities
4A Visvalža Street, Riga, LV-1050