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
2. MA by Research
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 the course Critical Strategies in Literature (AOA7003).
Those who pass will be exempted from taking this course.
TOTAL: 6 CREDITS
Students are required to take:
Students should also note that not all electives are offered every semester
Choose TWO OR THREE of the following 2-credit electives:
Choose ONE of the following 3-credit electives
TOTAL: 50 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 the submission of a dissertation of about 30,000 to a maximum of 40,000 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”.
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:
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.