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Master of Art in English Language and Literature

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The School of Foreign Languages of UESTCoffers the master’s degree program of Foreign Languages and Literature which includes the sub-fields of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (from 1996), and English Language and Literature (from 2006).

1.    Objectives

Masters in English Language and Literature can systematically grasp the basic linguistic theories, different linguistic schools, or the basic knowledge of literature, literary history, representative authors and works, and theories of literary criticism and effectively use the related research methodologies to creatively and independently conduct linguistic or literary researches. The candidates in this program are also expected to use the Chinese language to successfully communicate with others and to actively participate in the friendly cooperative communications between China and the student’s own country.

2.    Orientations

1)        Foreign linguistics and applied linguistics

2)        Cognitive neuroscience of language

3)        English literature

4)        Comparative literature and cross-cultural studies

3.    Duration

The duration set for master candidates is 2 years full-time. An extension can be applied for by those who cannot finish their courses in time owing to objective causes, yet altogether 4 years is the last due.

4.    Progression and Requirements

The minimum sum total credits for international students of master candidates are 31. Master candidates should complete the course work of no less than a total of 29 credits (out of which at least 18 credits should be acquired from degree courses), compulsory sections of no less than 2 credits, complete the thesis independently, and pass the degree thesis defense.

The supervisor responsibility mechanism is adopted in the education for international master candidates. The supervisor is responsible for the student’s making of personal study plan, the choice of courses, and the completion of the research report or the degree thesis. The personal study plan cannot be changed without permission of the supervisor.

During the course work, according to specifications by the discipline, the student is to pass examinations held for the degree courses and examinations or assessments held for the other optional courses. Of all the degree courses, common core courses are compulsory; at least one in core courses should be taken. Master candidates are allowed to choose 1~2 inter-disciplinary core courses as their degree courses under supervisors’ guidance. Degree courses can be taken to substitute non-degree courses, but not vice versa. International students of Chinese language abilities can apply to take courses given in Chinese to local full-time graduate students and acquire corresponding credits if pass.

Those who fail to meet the requirements as described above can fill up the gap by repetition or make-up in the limit of one year. Those who fail to meet the credit requirements even till the end of the due time are to be terminated.

5.    Curriculum

Course Categories

Course Number

Course Name

Class Hours

Credits

Semester

Notes

Degree  Courses

Common

Core Courses

611301

Comprehensive Chinese

60

2

1

Compulsory

611305

A Survey of China

40

2

2

Core Courses

611308

Literature Appraisal and  Research Methodology

64

4

2

 

Disciplinary Core Courses

621301

Introduction to Linguistics

48

3

1

 

621302

Literary Criticism and Principles

48

3

1

 

621303

Comparative Literature: Theory and Practice

48

3

3

 

621304

Applied Linguistics

64

4

2

 

Non-degree

Optional

Courses

Disciplinary Optional Courses

631301

Pragmatics

32

2

2

 

631302

Syntax

32

2

1

 

631303

Phonetics and Phonology

32

2

1

 

631304

Introduction to Philosophy of Language

48

3

2

 

631305

Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

48

3

3

 

631306

Reading and Criticism of English Literary Classic (I)

48

3

1

 

631307

Reading and Criticism of English Literary Classic (II)

48

3

2

 

631308

Theories of 20th-Century Western Literary Trends

48

3

2

 

Other

Optional Courses

641301

Chinese Reading &Writing

60

2

2

 

 

Inter-disciplinaryOptional Courses

 

 

 

 

Compulsory Sections

650003

AcademicActivities(no less than 5 times)

 

1

1/2

 

65XX0X

Elective Competence Development Courses

20

1

1/2

 

 

Directions: 1. All courses, except for the Chinese ones specified by the requirements, are totally given in English. 2.△ means which can be selected by both Masters and Ph. Ds.

6.    Compulsory Sections

The compulsory sections for international students of master candidates include two parts; a candidate is required to complete the following aspects:

1) Elective Competence Development Courses: through introducing the academic cutting edge knowledge, culture, arts and sports, etc., such courses are given to improve the master candidates’ comprehensive competence. A candidate should take at least one course and get one credit after assessment.

2) Academic Activities: to enliven academic atmosphere and to further and broaden master candidates’ scope of knowledge, one should attend at least five academic lectures within and out of UESTC, and fill in the Academic Activities Registration Form and get the official stamp upon attendance. One credit can be granted to the candidate when he/she succeeds in completing the above procedures.

7.    Degree Thesis

1) General requirements

The degree thesis or research report should be of theoretical or practical values to some extent, which indicates the author has a grasp of the fundamental theories and specialized knowledge in his/her discipline and is capable of further scientific researches and empowered with the ability to apply his/her theories and knowledge comprehensively into practical problems.

2) Degree thesis job

To fulfill graduation requirements, a student working for master degree should write a thesis on a research topic selected under the guidance of his/her academic supervisor.

A. Research proposal

a. Schedule. Research proposal presentation should be scheduled no later than the end of the third semester. Topic of the proposal should be carefully chosen on the basis of a comprehensive literature review.

b. Form. The proposal should be presented in public at a meeting of the research team with an attendance of a panel of at least three associate professors in the field of study or in the related field of study, who are obliged to evaluate the proposal.

c. Submission. Contents of the proposal are specified in the “Proposal Form”. The student should fill in the form immediately after the proposal presentation meeting and submit it to the graduate office of his/her school for conservation and later inspection.

d. If the first version of a proposal is not qualified, the student should write a new version and submit it three months later. If the second version is still unqualified, the student should quit from the master program.

e. If the student needs to change the topic of his/her thesis with justified reasons, he/she should present and submit a new proposal in accordance with the above requirements.

f. In principle, the student cannot apply for graduation thesis defense until one year after his/her submission of a qualified proposal on his/her thesis.

B. Thesis writing

The thesis can be written in either Chinese or English. The abstracts (about 800 words long) should be written in both languages. For detailed requirements, please refer to UESTC Format and Specification Manual for Postgraduate Thesis Writing.

3) As for problems regarding the degree thesis defense, from its application, evaluation and holding to the final award of the degree, all shall refer to UESTC Regulations for Postgraduate Degree Conferring