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Graduate programs

The study of English literature leads to a profusion of compelling experiences through the reading of works by Shakespeare, Dickens, Woolf, Atwood, Cohen, Hemingway, and Rushdie. UdeM’s graduate programs offer a cornucopia of courses that will cultivate your imagination as well as your critical and creative thinking.

As a city where French and English speakers coexist with individuals from a range of linguistic and geographical backgrounds, Montreal provides the ideal context for studies that focus on the contact and interaction between literatures, languages, and cultures. Our courses thus consider the social and cultural significance of literature through the exploration of topics such as postcolonialism, globalization, gender and sexuality, and popular culture.

The Département de Langues et de Littératures du Monde’s English studies programs foster cultural awareness and an interdisciplinary approach through our thought-provoking seminars and professionalization workshops. Our graduate programs enable students to further their comprehension of a variety of cultural, historical and literary issues that are shifting and evolving on a global scale.

Building on a comprehensive and creative approach, UdeM’s English studies programs offer a variety of courses, which include the study of British, American, Irish, and Canadian literature. Our curriculum includes various Anglophone literatures from Quebec, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and reflects a variety of pedagogical perspectives of a national, postcolonial, avant-garde, and experimental character.

Our programs

Who are these programs intended for?

MA and PhD programs are designed for anyone who wants to enrich his or her knowledge and deepen his or her theoretical, critical, historical or analytical engagement with English studies. The programs are also ideal for those who wish to combine their research with their creative work.

Students benefit from a sometimes contribute to our research centres, whose work is disseminated in classes and seminars.

The MA and PhD programs are open to English graduates as well as those coming from other fields of study related to English, provided they meet the admission requirements. Aspiring graduate students must have a minimal command of French to fully take part in the student and academic life.

Still undecided about the topic of your thesis? Scroll through the fields of expertise of our professors or see the most recent theses submitted in the Department.

Job outlook

MA and PhD degrees in English can lead to university and college tenure-track positions. The degrees, sometimes combined with previous studies in other related fields, can also increase the chances of finding managerial and executive positions.

With their superior command of written English as well as their critical thinking and close reading skills, our graduate students can also plan to enter the job market in a variety of related sectors, such as:

  • Publishing and journalism
  • Media and advertising
  • Translation
  • Public relations
  • Civil service
  • Research and documentation
  • Tourism
  • Planning and organization of major cultural and literary events