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An Master's track in English is a well-recognised postgraduate qualification in a market where having a good BA is no longer enough. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields including the following:

  • publishing
  • teaching
  • research
  • translation
  • journalism
  • administrative jobs
  • cultural industries

Some jobs are related to English literature (publishing) while other opportunities arise from skills integral to the course. The most obvious of these is the ability to use English, a facility that is as prized in countries where it is the native language as it is in places where it is a medium for commerce. Whether they study Beowulf or Virginia Woolf, our MA students hone their analytical and interpretative skills and work on expressing complex ideas clearly in writing and in oral presentations. They work on texts from other places or times and so engage with cultures other that their own, developing flexibility in habits of mind necessary in a globalised environment. Finally, graduates have written a thesis, thereby demonstrating their ability to manage their time and to work independently, two vital skills for responsible jobs. Regardless of where you go to work, the first thing you will have to do is to persuade an employer that you are right for a job. Jobs don't simply attach themselves naturally to the holders of a particular degree - they need to be won, and the skills imparted in the study of our Master's track provide graduates with the tools they need to do this.

A Master's track in English is a well-recognised postgraduate qualification in a market where having a good BA is no longer enough. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields including the following:

  • publishing
  • teaching
  • research
  • translation
  • journalism
  • administrative jobs
  • cultural industries

Some jobs are related to English literature (publishing) while other opportunities arise from skills integral to the course. The most obvious of these is the ability to use English, a facility that is as prized in countries where it is the native language as it is in places where it is a medium for commerce. Whether they study Beowulf or Virginia Woolf, our MA students hone their analytical and interpretative skills and work on expressing complex ideas clearly in writing and in oral presentations. They work on texts from other places or times and so engage with cultures other that their own, developing flexibility in habits of mind necessary in a globalised environment. Finally, graduates have written a thesis, thereby demonstrating their ability to manage their time and to work independently, two vital skills for responsible jobs. Regardless of where you go to work, the first thing you will have to do is to persuade an employer that you are right for a job. Jobs don't simply attach themselves naturally to the holders of a particular degree - they need to be won, and the skills imparted in the study of our Master's track provide graduates with the tools they need to do this.

  • Testimonial van Master's Ambassador Bas Sprenger de Rover

    I have substantial freedom to investigate the subjects I am particularly interested in

    From 2012 to 2015 I studied for two BA degrees, one in Philosophy and the other in English Language and Culture. I chose to continue with the English Literature and Culture track because I had greatly enjoyed learning about literature and examining texts on my own, and I was looking for a programme that would allow me to further develop my interpretative skills.

    This Master's track features courses that address particular literary periods and themes in far greater depth than any of my BA courses did, while also allowing students substantial freedom to investigate the subjects they are particularly interested in. Our excellent faculty are expert in a vast number of fields, which means that there are few topics imaginable on which students could not receive adequate supervision.

    Read more about Bas and why he chose to study English Literature and Culture in Groningen.

    Questions? Send Bas an email:  m.d.s.sprenger.de.rover@student.rug.nl

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    – Master's Ambassador Bas Sprenger de Rover
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