MA in English Studies

The objective of this two-year program (120 credits) is to train specialists in three areas: English Literature and Culture, English Applied Linguistics, Society and Culture of English-Speaking Countries.

Programme Structure

The foundation courses (16 credits) and the pre-specialization module (17 credits) give a deeper insight into the literary, cultural, historical and linguistics aspects of the English language than courses in this field at the BA level. Students will also get an introduction into digital humanities. Another great strength of the programme is the Practical Skills Module (14 credits), where students can further develop their already advanced English language skills in speaking, academic writing, academic presentation, and text editing. Students can specialize in English Literature and Culture, English Applied Linguistics, and the Society and Culture of English-Speaking Countries from the second semester onwards. 43 credits need to be obtained from one of the specialization modules. A further 10 credits are allocated to elective courses or to an internship, and students also have to write a thesis (20 credits).

Brief description of the specialization modules

English Literature and Culture (specialization module with a new name and revised content: formerly Specialization in English Literature)

The aim is to acquaint students with a broadly defined concept of English literary culture, including its history, major trends, critical schools and, of course, its most representative works and authors. The works of authors from different periods and from different parts of the English-speaking world will be analysed (England, the US, Scotland, Ireland, Canada). Social and cultural phenomena in 21st-century films will also be explored.

Detailed textual analysis with its associated historical dimension constitutes the core activity in the literature classes. Our choice of readings has been partly determined by the academic profile of the department and the religious mission of the University. As a result, the program places particular emphasis on Biblical and Christian traditions and explores, among other issues, the complex and continuing presence of the Bible within English literature.

English Applied Linguistics (from 2022)

The aim is to train students in various fields of applied linguistics such as individual differences in language learning, sociolinguistics, contrastive linguistics and language technology, bilingualism, multilingualism and language acquisition, English as a global language, lexicography and terminology, and corpus linguistics. The development of research skills in these fields is supported by courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistics.

Society and Culture of English-Speaking Countries (NEW)

The main focus of this specialization module is on modern political ideologies and international relations in the context of the society and culture of English-speaking countries. Political ideologies such as nationalism, feminism, democracy and totalitarianism in an Anglo-Saxon context will be explored in depth, along with the international relations between Hungary and the English-speaking world and the global engagement of English-speaking countries. Courses are also offered on historiography, historical memory, cancel culture, modern spirituality and culture, utopia and dystopia. Social and cultural phenomena in 21st-century films will also be explored.


Duration of study: 4 semesters
Specialisation: English Literature and Culture OR English Applied Linguistics OR Society and Culture of English-Speaking Countries
Schedule: full-time

Main subject areas

  • English language and literature
  • English linguistics
  • English applied linguistics
  • British history, society and culture
  • Post-colonial literature and culture
  • Different periods in English literary history
  • English literature and Christianity
  • Digital humanities
  • Practical skills (advanced speaking skills, advanced academic writing, academic presentation, editing skills, conference and workshop experience)

The relevant curricula can be found here.

For our Essay and Thesis Writing Guide, please, navigate to:


Admission Criteria and Application Process

Entry requirements:

    • BA degree in English Studies, or any degree in Humanities with at least 50 credits in English Studies (Official and certified (stamped) English translation)
    • C1-level internationally accepted English language certificate
      Previous study in English can be accepted as language certificate just from the following countries: United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand
      Language certificate is not required in case of native speakers.

    • Application form. You can access the application form by clicking here.
    • Motivation letter
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Payment of the application fee (non-refundable cost): 50 EUR/programme paid in 10 working days after filling the application form

Bank details:
Address of the Owner: H-1091 Budapest, Kálvin tér 9.
Name of Bank: ERSTE BANK
IBAN: HU54 1160 0006 0000 0000 1014 8552
Account No.: 11600006-00000000-10148552
Swift code: GIBAHUHB
Description: Full name_ENG MA

Please note, that applications will be considered complete only after the university has received the application fee.

Fees and Scholarship Opportunities

I. Self-financing applicants

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 December 2022 - 27 April 2023!

The programme starts in September.

Tuition fee: 1200 EUR / semester

Self funding applicants shall submit their documentation via our Online Application Platform.

II. Stipendium Hungaricum Programme

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

Applicants of certain countries may have the possibility to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme financed by the Hungarian state. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee, budget for accommodation (or contribution to accommodation costs) and medical insurance in Hungary.

Call for Applications for BA and MA studies 2023/2024

Call for Applications for doctoral program 2023/2024

Application Timeline:

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III. Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is closed!

The Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship was established by the Hungarian Government for those who live in a Hungarian diaspora outside of Europe and wish to study at a Hungarian higher education institution to develop their personal, professional and cultural relations to Hungary.

The programme aims to support the professional advancement of the scholarship holders with high-quality Hungarian higher education while improving their Hungarian language skills and strengthening their Hungarian identity. After graduation, scholarship holders return to their home country with competitive skills and knowledge that enables them to support their community, preserve Hungarian values and reinforce the relations between the diaspora and Hungary.

Call for Applications 2023/2024

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IV. Károli Christian Scholarship

The application for the 2023/2024 academic year is open between 01 December 2022 - 27 April 2023!

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary founded a scholarship to provide the opportunity of studying in Hungary for young Christian students from certain countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Call for Applications 2022/2023

Contact Information

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Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Registrar’s Office
1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 4., Hungary




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