School of Social Sciences

English Language

MA in English Literature


The MA in English Literature is designed to develop an advanced level of the relevant skills for their appropriate use in a range of educational, media, government and cultural sector settings. The programme aims to provide students with analytical and critical skills necessary for postgraduate study and/or educational, media, government and cultural sector work in a variety of occupational roles, including but not limited to secondary school/university teaching, journalism, publishing, translation, government and administration, non-governmental organisations, education consultancy and advisory capacities. The focus of the programme is on stimulating the further intellectual and philological development of students through comprehensive curriculum in English Literature. It is expected that graduates will contribute to an improvement in the quality of educational service in Iraqi Kurdistan. The MA programme in English Literature provides courses focused on in-depth studies of English and World Literature with the possibility of further specialisation at Doctorate level. 


The Master of Arts in English Literature is an 18 to 24 month (3 or 4 semesters) programme, which presumes full-time study, 180 credits in one academic year. The second year or six months of the second year is devoted to work on an MA dissertation on a topic of English Literature/Teaching English Literature, which should typically be between 18,000 and 25,000 words. Candidates who successfully pass all taught courses of 120 credits in total but do not submit a dissertation or receive a no-pass mark for a dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Only students who successfully complete the coursework and the dissertation will be awarded a Master of Arts in English Literature. 



The programme consists of the following modules subject to faculty availability:

Research Methods in Literary Studies

English Renaissance Literature

Literary Criticism: Classical Approaches and Innovations

Contemporary English-American Fiction

Modern British Drama

Methodology of Teaching English Literature

The Contemporary Short Story

English Romantic Poetry

Skills Development

The main aims of MA in English Literature are to:

  • provide an advanced, wide-ranging study of English Literature and methodology of teaching literature;
  • promote understanding of interconnection between culture, language and literature;
  • facilitate the ability to apply theoretical perspectives to literary texts;
  • develop advanced skills in bringing up arguments, synthetizing and critically expressing opinions;
  • enhance advanced skills of research and presentation specific to English Literature or Teaching English Literature;
  • build scientific basis for further Doctorate research;
  • develop and assess the ideas of reading, re-reading and interpretation;
  • examine contemporary critical developments in literary studies;
  • set literary studies within an interdisciplinary contextual framework;
  • conduct specific research of particular literary periods, movements, locations and personalities.


The structure of the programme has been designed with specific progress in mind, and the assessment methods are developed to support this objective. Students are assessed by means of a range of methods including but not limited to essays, reports, examinations, critiques, group and individual projects, presentations, and a dissertation. 


The MA in English Literature/Teaching English Literature concludes with an 18,000 to 25,000 word dissertation in a manuscript of original research conducted by a student under supervision of a chosen/assigned research supervisor. Writing a dissertation is aimed at strengthening students’ academic skills in general and more specifically – at preparing students for further scholarly research at doctorate level, developing their research skills, presenting their own work in compliance with appropriate academic standards, gaining necessary research and self-reflection skills to deal with weaknesses in students’ own scholarly and/or teaching practices in the future.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

1. BA in English or related fields with an overall average of 60% or above

Note:  Equalized transcript is required for students who have graduated from international institutions.

2.  Minimum English Language requirement for Masters in Applied Linguistics/TESOL is PTE Academic score of 58 ,6.5 in IELTS, or 86 in iBT-TOEFL.

3.  Scheduled Interview with the Department of Chosen Programme

4. School Entrance Test


***Notice: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.

Tuition Fee

$6,000 per programme

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