A degree in the humanities demonstrates your ability to communicate both in writing and in speech. You will develop your ability to analyse and solve problems, all while learning in the international environment that Dalarna University offers. By studying English literature, you will gain important skills that are transferable and essential in all walks of life. Furthermore, you will develop a real understanding of literature, which forms the basis of culture and society worldwide.

Research Defines Programme Content

The Master's Programme in English has its foundation in the ongoing research in the fields of Irish, British, American and Postcolonial Literature being conducted in the Department of English at Dalarna University. The programme helps you gain and develop advanced skills in research methodology, and encourages you both to disseminate your research findings and to participate actively in academic debate through attendance at conferences and the publishing of your work.

Flexible Studies

The programme is taught interactively online over one or two academic years depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. The online programme, with its interactive web-based seminars and recorded lectures, serves to replicate the traditional classroom experience: you will enjoy interactive features and real-time discussions with classmates no matter, quite literally, where in the world they might be. Importantly, teaching methods are used in the online courses that have been specifically developed to support students in their non-campus studies.

How To Apply

Applying to this programme is quick and easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. Click on the blue "Apply" button (this is displayed above during the application period only) to create a user account and add the programme to your account in the online application portal.
  2. Submit the required documents to verify that you fulfill the entry requirements listed below. It is usually possible to upload the required documents to your user account.

Entry Requirements

Specific Entry Requirements

  1. Completed a bachelor's degree majoring in English comprising at least 180 credits (60 credits = 1 academic year full-time study).
  2. You also need to submit a 5000-word essay written about a topic relevent for the Literature in English programme.

English Language Proficiency

The most common tests and important scores that are accepted are:

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Please check the University Admissions information on English Language Proficiency to see if you are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS result.

Programme Overview

What You Will Study

This master's programme has been designed in such a way that students studying full-time can complete it within one academic year. The programme consists of 60 credits (1 credit = 1 ECTS) distributed over a number of obligatory and elective courses as follows:

Programme Structure and Content

Semester 1 (Autumn) - Late August to Mid-January

Semester 2 (Spring) - Late January to Mid-June

Degree Awarded

Upon completion of the English with Specialisation in Irish Literature Programme, you will receive a Master of Arts with a Major in Literature in English.

Study Environment

This programme is taught online only (also known as web-based studies). The interactive, real-time online classes include lectures and seminars featuring individual and group discussions and presentations.

See information about web-based studies on our website.

Career Opportunities

The majority of our graduates go on to find positions in the field of education, while many have pursued doctoral studies, both at Swedish universities as well as at universities abroad. With your new skill-set (critical-thinking, communication, writing and editing) and improved ability to analyse and solve problems, you can apply to a number of positions in professional fields such as communication, public administration and education.

More specific positions of employment are as follows:

  • Advertising: market researcher, consumer researcher, sales assistant, copywriter, research assistant, account manager
  • Civil Service: policy analyst, public affairs officer, archivist, foreign affairs officer, researcher.
  • Media: reporter, editorial assistant, copy editor, producer, news assistant, writer, sales promotions clerk, script writer
  • Marketing: consumer surveyor, media purchasing clerk.
  • Public Relations: sales promotion officer, public relations specialist, communications assistant, events planner, media liaison/press relations officer.
  • Public Affairs: policy analyst, press aide, communications assistant, project manager, publications assistant.
  • Publishing: editor, copy reader, proofreader, writer, copy editor.
  • Human Resources: human resources officer, recruiter.
  • Education: teacher, administrator.

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