The MA in English, like all Faculty of Letters MA programs, 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.
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 dissertation, 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 Introduction to Critical Approaches (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.
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.
2nd year - Discipline principale
As a discipline principale student, you will be required to write a mémoire de Maîtrise (MA dissertation). 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.
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.
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.
To participate in an exchange to Britain or the United States, you will need to start planning 18 months ahead. Read the information about study abroad on the Department website 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 la Faculté des lettres relative à la mobilité à la Maîtrise ès Lettres