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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 Manou Joninck

    The English department is a very welcoming one, and the teachers are not only experts in many interesting fields, they are also very kind and open. For all these reasons I would without any doubts recommend my Master's programme to others.

    Why English Liturature and Culture?

    From 2014 to 2017 I was a Bachelor student here at the University of Groningen in the English Language and Culture programme. I decided to continue with a Masters programme in English Literature, because the skills I acquired while studying literature in context, and analysing texts closely, have proven useful in a broad variety of situations. I was eager to continue to develop literary interpretative skills, and to continue studying topics that I had really enjoyed in my Bachelor programme.

    Compelling, challenging and satisfying

    The Masters programme allows students to choose topics that will help them research the historical periods or themes which appeal to them in a lot of depth. If you enjoy studying in your favourite chair with an intriguing text in your lap, then this is the study for you. Courses often include around three hours of interactive classes each per week, and the reading and assignments are mostly done outside of class. If I had to summarise my Masters programme in three words, I would say that it is compelling, challenging, and satisfying.

    Why Groningen?

    I chose the University of Groningen because Groningen is a beautiful, open, and social city, one where I feel right at home. Luckily, the literary studies at the University of Groningen always do really well in university rankings, so this made my decision very easy. The English department is a very welcoming one, and the teachers are not only experts in many interesting fields, they are also very kind and open. For all these reasons I would without any doubts recommend my Masters programme to others.

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    – Manou Joninck
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