MA in English Studies


Credentials Master of  Arts in English Studies
Qualification Philologist in English and American Studies
Duration of education 4 semesters
ECTS value 120 credits

The MA programme in English Studies at KJU aims to provide in-depth knowledge of multi-level global/European/national/local governance, transnational business and civil language communication services, the design and management of language service programmes, the organisation and management of related research on language use, cultural and environmental contexts, and the development of quality and innovative service models. 

Did you know?

  • That the English deparment organises events and programmes every semester (e.g., Franklin Evenings, English Studies events, mini-conferences, alumni meetings, language workshops, Irish, Canadian, American film clubs, invited guest writers and speakers during the thematic weeks, etc.), for both our full-time and correspondence students.

  • that you can participate in the long- and short-term ERASMUS student mobility programmes, and study trips to several countries in Europe and the United States (Camp of America).

  •  that employment opportunities for English Studies graduates are extremely plentiful, since you can find jobs in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as in multinational companies and large domestic corporations. (Office administration, HR, economics, IT administration, teaching, interpreting, translation, cultural organisation, as well as management.

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Team work"The course provided an excellent platform for cultural exchange. We had the opportunity to interact with participants from various countries, learning about their customs, traditions, and languages. It was truly eye-opening to hear different languages spoken and to exchange words in each other's native tongues. The exposure to diverse cultures broadened our horizons and fostered a sense of unity among us all"
"The program was a great experience and an opportunity to interact with people of different cultures. Everyone was kind and lovely and the organizers were well prepared and dedicated to the courses. It was a great cultural and social exchange. I am grateful for this opportunity and my new friends"
"The results of this exchange exceeded our expectations in more than one way: we managed to present a well-designed set of assignments, to a most competent and proficient group of Professors and Students, who made us feel most welcome and encouraged us to pursue a goal of excellence, both in academic procedures and in conviviality. We returned to Portugal absolutely convinced that only a great, highly motivated Team of expert Professors could have organised such an encounter. Therefore, we are most grateful to Viktória Albert, Judit Szitó, Agnes Harasztos, Peter Tamás and Krisztina Kodó for their outstanding competence, dynamics, cohesion and sympathy, as hosts and welcomers in this
Visiing students from Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal

Description of the program

The program's qualification objectives are equivalent to the European Qualification Framework System level 7, and Hungarian National Qualification Framework system 7th level programmes, which comply with the Hungarian subject benchmarks. The programme was accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) in March 2023. Read more

The English Studies MA is a practice-oriented liberal arts language programme. The aim of the MA English Studies programme is to train specialists who have full mastery (C1 level) of the English language, are proficient users of the language and who have the necessary theoretical, methodological, and practical skills. Rather than mere passive receivers of information, students graduating from this MA programme will be specialists fully capable of undertaking independent and original investigations in a wide range of topics.

Degree holders have in-depth knowledge of the English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, South Africa and their literature, culture, social and political establishment, and history. Degree holders also know the basics of modern theoretical and applied linguistics, main trends, research topics, and all relevant research results relating to the English language. Degree holders can use their skills in business, media, education, book publishing, diplomacy, institutions of international relationships, tourism, project management offices, regional and national levels of administration, and cultural institutions. Degree holders are prepared to pursue research and studies on the PhD level.

Intended outcomes of the programme:

  • have knowledge about all fields of study concerning English-speaking cultures (e.g., language, linguistics, literature, history).
  • perform interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, theoretical, and practical tasks in their jobs,
  • do independent research,
  • do research and publish topics related to the English language, and English-speaking cultures, history, and literature,
  • personal characteristics and skills necessary for the qualification:
    • a high level of motivation and commitment,
    • highly developed analytical skills,
    • ability to discover similarities and differences between different cultures,
    • an intercultural, multicultural, and transcultural attitude,
    • a high level of English communication skills,
    • good lecturing and presentation skills.

Specialized focus areas:

  • Global Englishes: Culture, Language and Applied Linguistics Track
  • Global Englishes: Literary and Cultural Track

Overview of courses:

  • Transversal Skills: Active Academic English Language Skills, Modern British Society: History, Culture, Politics;The English Language from the Origins to the 21st Century, Trends in Literary and Cultural Studies, From the British Empire to American Supremacy and Beyond.
  • Professional core: Advanced Research Methods, Historical Aspects of British Literature and Culture; Language Contact and Variation; Inter-, Multi-, Transdisciplinary Approaches to English Literature in the World.
  • Electives: IT Literacy and IT Language 1; IT Literacy and IT Language 2; Problems of Literary Translations from Different Englishes.
  • Specialisation track 1 and 2:
  • Specialization 1: Global Englishes: Culture, Language and Applied Linguistics Track: Role of English in Education, Science and Business Globally; Intercultural Communication and Pragmatics; Translation and Cultural Identity; Business English in Translation; Using ELF; Case Study in Global Englishes /South Africa; World Englishes, English in the EU, Global English: Language of Business and International Relations, Advances in Linguistics /Sociolinguistics.
  • Specialization 2: Global Englishes: Literary and Cultural Track: Hyphenated American Studies: Literature, Culture and Historical Experience; Diversity in Contemporary British Literature, Multi- and Transcultural Projections in Canadian Visual Culture, Cultural and Literary Projections of Contemporary Africa, Humour as a Tradition of Irish Identity, Topics in Asian Literature in English, Shakespeare Reinvented, Critical and Cultural Perspectives of the USA in Contemporary Films in English, Topics in Postcolonial Literature and Culture, Topics in Canadian Indigenous Literatures, Advances in Literary/ Cultural Research. 

Career opportunities for Kodolányi MA English Studies graduates:

English Studies graduates have a wide range of job opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors, in multinational companies and in large domestic enterprises (they can find employment in almost all areas of the labour market: office administration, HR, economics, IT administration, teaching, interpreting, translation, cultural organisation, management).

In the context of European integration, there is a great need for professionals with a wide range of skills and a good command of English, who can do research, think independently, think broadly and work effectively with the national and international cultural communities in the field of English Studies, in the fields of literature and linguistics, the written and electronic press, tourism, international communication, business and science. Students graduating from this programme will be well informed about the generally accepted characteristics and data of the historicity of English-language cultural phenomena. They are also able to interpret in context the rules and regulations relating to employment and business in English Studies.

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