University of Pécs

Faculty of Humanities
INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES

 

Programmes

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The Institute of English Studies (English Applied Linguistics, English Linguistics, and English Literatures and Cultures) is responsible for running the following accredited programmes.

 

1. English major programme (4 of 5 academic years)

Education in this programme lasts for eight semesters (four years) for single majors and ten semesters (five years) for students who major in another subject beside English. 
The range of subjects taught in lecture and seminar courses with 1-3-academic-hour-long sessions per week are grouped as follows:

(a) Introductory and language development courses 
(b) Professional courses covering the larger fields of English literatures and cultures, linguistics and applied linguistics 
(c) Elective courses specializing in the above four fields, respectively
(d) Major exams: language proficiency exam, comprehensive exam in English linguistics and in British and American literatures.

The English major studies are complete with the supervised writing of a thesis in one of the four fields of study, the length of which is about 80 000 characters including the bibliography. A final qualifying exam comprises the defence of the thesis and the discussion of exam questions.

2. BA in English Studies major programme (3 years in the Bologna system)

The programme is offered as a major or minor in English Studies. Both are offered for day students as well as in the form of correspondence courses.

Education in this programme lasts for six semesters (three years) for students who major in English Studies and for four semester for students taking a minor in English Studies. Majors have to complete 110 credits and minors 50 credits out of a total of 180 credits to be earned to qualify for a full BA degree. The range of subjects taught in 2-acedemic-hour-long sessions (lectures and seminars) per week are grouped as follows:

(a) Introductory and language development courses 
(b) Professional courses covering the larger fields of English literatures and cultures, linguistics and applied linguistics 
(c) Courses which specialize in the above fields respectively. Students who major in BA English Studies choose one of the following paths: 
-- specialization in American Studies 
-- English literature and culture study track 
-- English linguistics study track
-- English applied linguistics study track
(d) Exams: language proficiency exam, comprehensive final exam complete with the defence of a thesis written in one of the above four paths. The length of the thesis is about 40 000 characters including the bibliography.

A 50-credit programme of English Translation Studies is also offered for majors in English Studies. This option serves as an alternative to a minor in another subject.

3. MA in English Studies

It was launched in September 2009, for day students as well as in the form of a correspondence programme.

The range of subjects taught in courses in 3-acedemic-hour-long sessions (lectures, seminars and consultations) per week is grouped as follows:

(a) Introductory courses in English linguistics, English literature and culture
(b) Two paths students choose from: 
-- specialization in English literature 
-- specialization in English applied linguistics.

Studies are completed by earning 120 credits, part of which is the supervised writing of a thesis on a topic from the chosen specialization. Its length is expected to be 100 000 characters including the bibliography.

4. MA in Teaching English Language and Culture

The programme started in September 2009 both in full-time and part-time delivery mode. Students need to earn 30-60 credits in 3 to 5 semesters depending on their previous qualifications. Prospective applicants include holders of BA degrees in English Studies, of college-level teaching degrees in English, and of university-level teaching degrees in other subject areas. One semester is devoted to external teaching practice. A thesis and a final exam are required to accomplish the curriculum.

5 . Doctoral Programme in English Applied Linguistics and TEFL/TESOL

The Programme is part of the Doctoral School of Linguistics and Communication, Faculty of Humanities and it is run by members of the Departments of English Applied Linguistics and English Linguistics.

The programme provides doctoral students with insights into recent issues in applied linguistics related to TEFL/TESOL and solid knowledge of research methods in the field of social sciences, linguistics, and language pedagogy. Students will be able to synthesise theoretical and empirical studies, design, conduct, and present their own research both orally and in written form.

The programme is taught by teaching staff of the Departments of English Applied Linguistics and English Linguistics as well as guest professors from other universities.

A requirement for the doctoral complex exam is completing 180 course credits in 6 semesters. After the complex exam students have two years to complete their doctoral dissertation in English.