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Please note that the info below is for 2015 students. | Welcome | 1st year - Disciplines secondaire et principale (SP) | Autumn semester | Spring semester | Assessment and validation | 1st year - Programme de renforcement | 2nd year - Discipline principale | 2nd year - Discipline secondaire | Study abroad
 

Please note that the info below is for 2015 students.

Students in the 2005 study plan click here

Welcome

The staff of the English Department are pleased to welcome you to MA studies in English. This document contains important information to get you off to a good start. It is updated whenever necessary.

The MA in English at the University of Lausanne offers a high-quality and flexible program allowing students to explore their interests while preparing for a variety of careers. The department benefits from the expertise of professors and instructors providing many options to students who wish to broaden their cultural knowledge.
Drawing on the research strengths of the English Department, the MA begins with “Critical Approaches,” a required course in literary and critical theory, and then offers students a choice of advanced seminars in the following fields of study:

American Literature and American Studies
Comparative Literature
English Literature
Gender Studies
Linguistics
Medieval English and Literature

MA seminars are usually based on staff members' current research interests, bringing students into contact with the most vital and exciting issues in the humanities. A Master's in English also reinforces transferable skills sought after by employers, including strong writing skills, creative and critical thinking, and interdisciplinary competency. This MA prepares students for careers in teaching, research, and professions in a range of cultural institutions.

The linguistic standards of the English Department are high: to follow and participate in the courses and produce the required oral and written work, you must have reached an advanced level in English (C1 on the Council of Europe Common Reference Scale).

The MA in the Faculty of Letters has two variants: a 90-credit programme over three semesters (Maîtrise universitaire ès lettres) and a 120-credit programme over four semesters (Maîtrise universitaire ès Lettres avec spécialisation). Look at the images below for an overview of the basic possibilities available to you for taking English as your sole discipline or as one of two disciplines within these variants.

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1st year - Disciplines secondaire et principale (SP)

If you have studied English as one of your disciplines de base for your BA, you can take English as discipline secondaire or discipline principale at the MA level. The discipline principale includes writing an MA thesis, mémoire de maîtrise, in English (see 2nd-year requirements below).

Link to Plan d'études 2015.

In the autumn semester, you need to attend the compulsory module of Critical Approaches and Theory (Introduction aux approches critiques).

Further, during the whole year, you must choose five other modules covering at least two of the six fields of study (champs) offered by the English Department (American, Comp. Lit., English, Gender, Linguistics, Medieval)

Assessment and validation

Each module is assessed and validated in a different way. Your teachers will inform you of how you should proceed to satisfy their requirements, and as you complete them, they will enter the information into the Faculty data system. You can view your academic record through your MyUnil account.

You can opt to validate their seminars EITHER with a 6-hour written or a 30-minute oral exam, OR with a class validation (e.g. an essay). Students need to enrol for the type of validation they have chosen on Sylviacad by week FOUR.

For oral or written exams, students will present two subjects and a dossier to be agreed on with the instructor(s) of the seminar.

Please note that in Critical Approaches, Research Methodology, and SPEC seminars, you can only take the class validation.

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1st year - Programme de renforcement

You may attach this 30-credit programme to English as your sole discipline, taking it instead of a discipline secondaire. It allows you to extend your studies to modules given by other departments as well as to take more courses in the English Department. You may choose freely from a list provided by the Faculty.

This programme is validated by validation interne; there is no exam attached to it.

See list of classes offered here.

Assessment and validation

Each module is assessed and validated in a different way. Your teachers will inform you of how you should proceed to satisfy their requirements, and as you complete them, they will enter the information into the Faculty data system. You can view your academic record through your My.Unil account.

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2nd year - Discipline principale

As a discipline principale student, you will be required to write a Mémoire de Maîtrise. This will be examined in a public discussion de mémoire (viva). The mémoire completes the 90-credit maîtrise universitaire ès Lettres in English.

Please note that teachers will be mostly unavailable for mémoire supervision during the vacation summer months (July and August); make sure you discuss this with your supervisor and plan your writing accordingly.

If you choose to do the 120-credit Maîtrise universitaire ès Lettres avec spécialisation, you will earn 30 additional credits by enrolling in one of the programmes de spécialisation offered in the Faculty.

See the list of programmes de spécialisation offered on the faculty of letters page.

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2nd year - Discipline secondaire

As a discipline secondaire student, you will have finished your work in English after the first year and will be writing your mémoire in your discipline principale. Within the general structure of the MA, you may opt to earn 30 additional credits by enrolling in one of the programmes de spécialisation offered in the Faculty.

See the full list of programmes de spécialisation on the faculty of letters page.

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Study abroad

It is very important that you spend time in English-speaking countries as a means of developing your proficiency in the language and gaining first-hand experience of English-speaking culture.

For Britain, the English Department has individual exchanges through the Erasmus programme; the main exchange for the United States is the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). To participate in these, you will need to start planning 18 months ahead. Read the information about study abroad on the Department website, and notices in the Coeur de section before consulting Kirsten Stirling (for Britain) or Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik (for the USA). Be sure to attend the information session during the autumn semester.

See English Department study abroad programmes

Note however that you can only bring back 30 credits in total from a Masters exchange, and only 20 credits in any one discipline. (If you are doing a maîtrise avec spécialisation you can bring back 45 credits in total.)

See  Directives de mobilité pour la Maîtrise ès Lettres PART 1 and PART 2

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Important disclaimer

All information in this document, which reflects our understanding of the Faculty rules at the moment of writing, is offered on a 'best intentions' basis. Only documents issued by the administration of the Faculty of Letters can be considered as 'official'.

Questions or problems

Questions concerning Faculty administration can be put to the secretary of the section, Eva Suarato Adams (office 5087).

Problems which cannot otherwise be dealt with should be adressed to the head of Department,  Kirsten Stirling (office 5065), preferably during her office hours. 

 

my.unil

Your personal electronic doorway to University courses and administration is MyUnil. In addition to listing your incoming email messages and linking to other parts of the UNIL site, it provides a window into your academic record.

When you have subscribed to a course you will see it listed on your personal MyUnil page along with a smaller window (called a 'portlet') containing 'documents de cours' which you can download and print out. These are generally course handouts (distributed in class) - but some teachers use this means to supply additional information (bibliographies, reference documents, etc.).

Study Abroad

It is very important that you should spend time in English-speaking countries as a means of developing your proficiency in the language and gaining first-hand experience of English-speaking culture.

Summer schools

Universities in Britain and the United States provide a wide choice of summer courses - ideal for the holidays after your first year of study. Scholarships (restricted to Vaudois students, unfortunately) are available for language courses abroad. (If you are not Vaudois(e), check with the authorities in your home canton: they may have similar scholarships!)

Exchanges

The best time to spend a semester or an entire year in a British or American university is during your 3rd year (BA) or 4th year (MA). For Britain there is the Erasmus programme; for the United States, the Inter national Student Exchange Program (ISEP), etc. To participate in these, you will need to start planning 18 months ahead. Read the information about study abroad on the section website, and notices in the coeur de section before consulting Kirsten Stirling and Joanne Chassot (for Britain) or Prof. Soltysik (for the USA). There are also information sessions during the winter semester.
 

 

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