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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. Drawing on the research strengths of the English Department, the MA begins with a required course in Critical Approaches and Theory and then offers students a choice of advanced seminars in English Literature, American Studies, Medieval English and Linguistics.  The department also benefits from the expertise of two professors in Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, providing even more options to students who wish to broaden their cultural knowledge. 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 ability, creativity and critical thinking, and prepares students for careers in teaching, research, and 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 written work, you must have reached 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). Follow the link  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.

Link to schéma simplifié des études en Lettres/UNIL

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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 a mémoire de maîtrise in English (see 2nd-year requirements below).

Link to Plan d'études

In the autumn semester, you must attend the compulsory module Introduction aux approches critiques.

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

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.

6-hour written exam

At the end of the year you will be required to sit a 6-hour written exam in one champ of your choice.

If you choose to take your 6-hour exam in literature (English, American or Medieval ), your personal reading list will form part of the exam. Click here for more information and the full reading list.

If you choose to take your 6-hour exam in English linguistics, specific course requirements apply and you must present a dossier linguistique which will form part of the exam. Click here for more information.

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1st year - Programme à options

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

Link to options programme plan d'études

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.

Exam

You will choose one module in which to sit an exam.

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1st year - Discipline complémentaire (2e partie BA)

This 30-credit programme is available to you if you have completed the first part of the discipline complémentaire in English as a part of your BA programme.

See Plan d'études for DC 2e partie

As a discipline complémentaire student, you are required to follow the courses listed below and sit a 4-hour written exam.

BA/12-DC06

Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics (IDL) 2h/week (autumn)

BA/12-DC06

Synchronic Linguistics (SL) 2h/week (spring)

BA/12-DC07

Medieval Language and Literature (MLL) 2h/week (autumn)

BA/12-DC07

Medieval Language and Literature (MLL) 1h/week (spring)

BA/12-DC08

Four seminars and/or courses inat least two of the four champs offered by the Department (English, American, Medieval, Linguistics) to a total of 20 credits.

 

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.

 

Exam

You will be required to sit a 4-hour written exam in one of the champs of your choice.

 

Reading list

If you opt to sit your exam in English, American, or Medieval Literature, the reading list requirement applies. Detailed instructions are found here.

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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 won't be available for mémoire supervision during the Summer months (July and August), so take care to structure 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 maîtrise, 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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2nd year - Discipline complémentaire (2e partie BA)

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

Link to list of programmes de spécialisation.

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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

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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 Juliette Vuille (for Britain) or Prof. Soltysik (for the USA). There are also information sessions during the winter semester.
 

 

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