List of master programmes

Master of Arts (English Literature)

The Master of Arts (English Literature) programme is aimed at providing quality and in-depth postgraduate education in the field of literary studies. Courses offered in the MA programme by Coursework and Dissertation are comprehensive and range from Medieval Literature through to Cultural Studies. On the whole, the MA programme is designed not only to promote a love for English Literature and Language but also to enhance and increase the scope of research undertaken by staff and students.  Besides the MA by Coursework and Dissertation, candidates can opt to pursue the degree purely by research.

Students applying for the MA programme can choose from the following:
1. Mixed-mode MA (Coursework and Dissertation)
2. MA by Research

  1. Mixed-Mode MA (Coursework and Dissertation)

For the mixed-mode MA, the structure of the course is set out below.
IMPORTANT: upon admission to the mixed-mode MA, candidates will be required to take a placement test set by the Department.
Those who fail the test MUST take ACGB 6115 Critical Strategies in Literature.
Those who pass will be exempted from taking this course.

Career Opportunity
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer
  • Media Writer
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
Course Structure

The mixed-mode MA (coursework and dissertation) comprises Parts One and Two.  Students must complete Part One before advancing to Part Two:

(a)  Two (2) core courses, totalling five (5) credit hours, for students who have been exempted from ACGB6115 Critical Strategies in Literature
(b) Three (3) core courses, totalling seven (7) credit hours, for students who are required to sit for ACGB6115 Critical Strategies in Literature
(c)   Five (5) elective courses, totalling ten (10) credit hours, for students in category (a)
(d)  Four (4) elective courses, totalling eight  (8) credit hours,  for students in category (b) above. 

Courses offered under Part One are:



Exempted from ACGB 6115


• ACGB 6116 (Theories of Literature) (2 credits)
• ACGB 6182 (Research Methodology) (3 credits)
Exempted students must also take FIVE elective courses for a total of 15 coursework credits

All electives are worth 2 credits
Not all electives are offered every semester
Semester 1
• ACGB 6305 (Literature of the Romantic Age)
• ACGB6306 (Modernist Literature)
• ACGB 6311 (American Literature)
• ACGB 6312 (Postcolonial Theory and Literature)
Semester 2
• ACGB 6307 (Renaissance Drama)
• ACGB 6308 (Literature of the Victorian Age)
• ACGB 6310 (Drama of the Modern Era)
• ACGB 6313 (Perspectives on Malaysian and Singaporean Literature)
• ACGB 6315 (From Book to Screen)
• ACGB 6316 (Stylistics in Discourse Analysis)
35 credits


Taking ACGB6115


• ACGB 6116 (Theories of Literature) (2 credits)
• ACGB 6182 (Research Methodology) (3 credits)
• ACGB 6115 (Critical Strategies in Literature) (2 credits)
Non-exempted students must also take FOUR elective courses for a total of 15 coursework credits


1.  Details of courses offered are subject to the Senate’s approval from time to time upon the recommendation of the Faculty.  Candidates will be informed of course offerings at the start of each session.
2. PART TWO consists of a research project leading to a submission of a dissertation of about 30,000 words (35 credit hours).

Our Department offers expertise in a wide variety of literary fields, including Medieval literature, Renaissance literature, 19th century literature, Modernist and Postmodernist literature, Postcolonial literatures (with a strong interest in Malaysian literature), travel literature, ecocriticism, African literature, feminist literature, modern drama, literary theory and more.

You can find out more about the research and supervision interests of our academic staff under the heading “List of Expertise and Research Interests”.

Language Requirement


A non-Malaysian applicant whose degree is from a university or institution of higher learning where the medium of instruction for that degree is not the English language and where the applicant wishes to follow a programme and/or write his dissertation in the English language shall be required:

  • to obtain a score of 550 for a paper-based total, a score of 213 for a computer-based total or a score of 80 for an internet-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • to obtain a band of 6 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
Entry Requirement

Programme of study by Coursework and Research

• a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; or

• a professional qualification from a recognised professional body; or

• any other qualification as may be approved by the Senate from time to time.

Intake Schedule

February and September


Fee Structure for Citizen
Fee Structure for Non-Citizen


Last Update: March 12, 2019