This program is designed for students with a B.A. degree in English or in Humanities. It offers seminars in literary studies, theoretical linguistics, and applied linguistics. Literary studies focus on British and American literature, cultural studies, and literary theory. Courses in theoretical linguistics cover a variety of approaches to language, ranging from generative and cognitive linguistics to pragmatics and anthropological linguistics. Applied linguistics courses deal with theories and methods of teaching English as a foreign language and with translation studies. The M.A. seminars are accompanied by supplementary courses designed to further students' interests in the chosen field of research and by an advanced academic writing course.
All applicants to the M.A. program must have an excellent command of English, corresponding to the level of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or the IELTS score of at least 8.
In addition, all applicants must submit a research project in the field of study they wish to investigate during the M.A. program. The project should be approximately 1500 words in length and not exceed double-spaced five pages. It should consist of the following parts:
1. The formulation and justification of a research problem
2. An outline of the planned research
3. An preliminary hypothesis that follows from the initial research carried out by the candidate. The hypothesis may not be a self-evident statement or an argument that has already been examined in depth.
4. Detailed research questions that will be addressed by the applicant during the M.A. project.
5. A bibliography listing at least 10 publications.