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Graduate School of Social Sciences - English Language and Literature - Second Cycle Programme with Thesis

General Description
The Department of English Language and Literature at Ege University was founded in 1976, as the Department of English Language and Literature of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In the 1982-1983 academic year, the programme was run for the first time under the Department of Western Languages and Literatures, until 22 February 1994, when it became an independent department once again. The first graduates of the department were those of the year 1979-1980. Today, the department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Letters offers both graduate and postgraduate (MA and PhD) education.
Qualification Awarded
The Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature is awarded to the graduates who have successfully fulfilled all programme requirements.
Second Cycle
Level of Qualification
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree and willing to enroll in the Master's programme may apply to the Directorate of the Graduate School with the documents: 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Profiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department, or at least 50 out of 100 from ÜDS (University Language Examination conducted by OSYM) or TOEFL or IELTS score equivalent to UDS score of 50. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interwiev. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on : 50% of ALES, 25% of academic success in the undergraduate programme (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) ) and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 50 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 60 at least are accepted into the Master's programme. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree programme in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Master's Programme at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The programme consists of a minimum of seven courses delivered within the graduate programme of the department and in related fields, one seminar course, and thesis, with a minimum of 21 local credits. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The duration of the programme is four semesters. The maximum period to complete course work in a masters program with thesis is 4 semesters. However, with the approval of their advisors, students can in subsequent semesters take additional departmental courses with or without credits. The total ECTS credits of the programme is 120 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Master's course load and credits. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A student who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The Master's thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 3 to 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to one may be selected from another Department or another University. In case the jury consists of 3 members, the co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". The Department Chairperson will inform the Director of the Graduate School, in writing, of the jury's decision within 3 days. To correct or change a thesis found incomplete and/or inadequate by the jury, the jury must specify in its report that such corrections are necessary. A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to three months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
The department of English Language and Literature aims to educate philologists who have adopted ethical values, who are aware of the realities of the world, who have adopted the importance of life long learning, equipped with the knowledge, skills and approaches necessary to serve in all areas of English philology. The MA programme consisting of a total of 4 semesters in 2 years, aims to provide students with an advanced level of language skills, core knowledge in literary terms, literary history, literary theory and criticism, culture, and vocational competence in language, literature, criticism and cultural studies.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates of English Language and Literature will find vocational opportunities in publishing houses, magazines, literary and cultural journals, newspapers, film studios, various public institutions (such as the Turkish Radio and Television Institution - TRT, the Foreign Office, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of National Education etc.), international institutions, as well as European Community projects and institutions. Graduates can also focus on areas of translation that require specific terminology and specialise as translators and/or interpreters in fields such as medicine, economy, archaeology, automotive and law. Job opportunities are also available in tourism. They can enter the teaching profession at public or independent schools after having gained a Teaching Certificate. Furthermore, graduates may pursue an academic career by taking up scientific study at universities (at Master’s and Doctorate levels).
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed the Master's Degree may apply to doctorate (third cycle) programmes in the same or in related disciplines.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Master's student must receive at least 70 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Programme Chair Prof. Dr. Dilek Direnç E.U. Faculty of Letters Department Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature Bornova/Izmir Turkey 35100 Tel: +90-232-311 3905 Fax: +90-232-388 1102 E-mail: ECTS Coordinator Lecturer Züleyha Çetiner Öktem E.U. Faculty of Letters Department of English Language and Literature Bornova/Izmir Turkey 35100 Tel: +90-232-311 5052 E-mail:
With a total of 11 teaching staff, the department offers a comprehensive programme for 350 undergraduate and 20 postgraduate students. The undergraduate programme encompasses the periods of English Language and Literature from the very beginning to today. Certain literary texts are analysed within the scope of literary theories, with reference to the periods they were written in. Alongside social and cultural activities such as student seminars, festivals and sports events, every two years in the month of May, the department of English Language and Literature organises an International Cultural Studies Symposium, in collaboration with the department of American Culture and Literature. Department resources include classrooms with audio-visual electronic devices, a computer lab open to student use, and a student library.

Key Learning Outcomes
1Upon completing the master’s programme, graduates are expected to: Have gained advanced knowledge and competence in the area of English Language and Literature
2Have gained the necessary knowledge in research methodology to carry out literary and cultural studies, and put their knowledge into practice efficiently
3Have a command of literary and cultural theory and approaches at master’s level and be able to use this knowledge in analysing literary and cultural texts in social and historical contexts
4Be able to generate independent and critical opinions
5Be able to use comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in textual analysis
6Be able to pose research questions on specific subjects and reach conclusions through critical debates
7Be able to write essays, argumentative and analytical in structure
8Be able to conduct research projects and present these projects both in writing and orally
9Be able to write a coherent and original dissertation on a chosen topic by using research methods effectively
10To have developed a world view that is aware and critical of elements such as language, religion, gender, cultural and sexual identities and diversities
11To be able to make use of the knowledge and skills they have obtained in awareness of their professional and ethical responsibilities, and develop independent operative skills by taking initiative.

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
TYYÇKey Learning Outcomes
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 ingiliz-y.l Elective - - - 16
2 9201165232015 English Critical Theory in Praxis I Compulsory 3 0 0 7
3 9201165312015 English Studies in Drama I Compulsory 3 0 0 7
Total 6 0 0 30
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 9201165362017 English Critical Theory in Praxis II Compulsory 2 0 0 3
3 9201165622016 Turkish Research Techniques and Ethics ( E) Compulsory 2 0 0 2
4 YLSEM590 Turkish Seminar Compulsory 0 0 0 6
5 9201165322017 English Tiyatro Çalışmaları II Compulsory 2 0 0 3
Total 6 0 0 30
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Language of Instruction Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 YLUAD591 Turkish Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 4
2 YLTEZ592 Turkish Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 26
Total 0 0 0 30
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