The Postgraduate Studies Programme "English Studies: Literature and Culture" is a three-semester, six-course programme, taught by members of the English Department faculty and geared towards specialization in one of the following three topics, one of which is offered every two-year cycle: "The Greek Element in Anglophone Literature and Culture," "Anglophone Theatre from the Renaissance to the Present," and "Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century Anglophone Literature and Culture". There is a final semester where each student writes their MA thesis under the supervision of a Faculty member.

For the 2021-2023 academic cycle, the Programme is offering the specialization:
"Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century Anglophone Literature and Culture", with a focus on "Representations of Marginality and Exclusion".


This programme is geared towards students who have a background in the study of Anglophone Literature and Culture and are familiar with twentieth-century theories of literary and cultural criticism. Intended to educate a broad range of humanities graduates the programme trains participants to:

  • think critically about a literary work in relation to 20th c. literary theories
  • investigate literary representations of cultural categories such as gender,, race, or class, and approach literature as a cultural practice, affected by history and society
  • employ criticism and explore texts, critical theory and cultural conditions that are relevant to their lives and prospects.


The  medium of instruction is English and classes are held in the form of seminars. The programme also includes lectures and symposia with the participation of distinguished scholars in the relevant fields. Students are required to participate in class discussions and submit assignments and research papers for each course. Attendance is mandatory and evaluation is based on the students’ aggregate performance in all the above, as determined by the instructor of each course. Candidates who fail in any two courses in the same semester are asked to discontinue their studies.

The third semester is reserved for research and the completion of a 15.000-20.000- word dissertation. Students may proceed with the M.A. Dissertation only after having successfully completed all their coursework. Dissertation guidelines are available here.


For information on the application process for the programme see here.

Candidates who meet all the set requirements as well as pass both a written and an oral exam are admitted to the programme. A maximum of 10-15 students are selected for this area of study. Information on the entrance exam, including sample questions, is available here.


Ms. Stella Karagianni
Faculty of English Language & Literature,
School of Philosophy, Room 709,
National & Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Zografou 157 84, Greece.
Tel. +30 201-7277771