English and American studies

2-year Master’s Degree in English and American Studies (research)

Programme director: Professor Suzanne Bray, suzanne.bray@univ-catholille.fr


Research supervisors: Professor Suzanne Bray (English literature and civilisation), Dr Gérald Préher (American literature and civilisation), Dr Vincent Roger (English literature)


Academic Calendar: Fall semester from mid-September to Christmas, spring semester from mid-January to mid-May

220 teaching hours in the first year, 160 teaching hours in the second year.


Language of instruction: mainly English. Students with a level of French below C1 on the European scale will be invited to take French language classes.


This course enables students to specialise in one of the major fields of English and American studies (literature, linguistics or civilisation) while increasing their knowledge of the English-speaking world in general. Each student will prepare a research project under the supervision of a specialist in the field and write a final dissertation. At the same time, they will attend seminars in each discipline and also classes in research methodology. International students who speak good French may also take translation classes and those whose French needs improvement have the opportunity to take French language classes.

Students will have the opportunity to attend, and sometimes participate, in international conferences and study days.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree either in English or in another arts or humanities subject. Students whose degree is not in English must prove that they have already taken classes in English literature and in the history, politics or culture of at least one English-speaking country. Non-native speakers of English must prove they have attained the level C1 on the European scale (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE etc.) Although no diploma in French is required, students are advised that a level of at least B1 on the European scale is highly recommended.


What Next ?

Most graduates from this degree course either continue to do a PhD or go into teaching either in France or abroad. European students have the opportunity to take the French national teaching qualifications during their second year.


Study Abroad

It is possible to spend one or two of the four semesters in one of our partner universities in an English-speaking country (about 20 possible destinations).


Internships and work experience

Students may, but are not obliged to, do internships in the areas of teaching or translation. It is also possible for students to teach part-time during their studies.

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