Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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Graduate Studies in English


Link to Introduce Yourself WebformThe Master’s and Doctoral programs in English at Queen’s are among the oldest and most prestigious in the country, committed to historical breadth while pursuing newly emerging and innovative approaches to literature and culture. We offer a one-year MA degree with the option of a thesis, a new two-year MPhil degree with guaranteed entry into our PhD program, and a PhD degree that balances professionalization with individual growth and unique teaching opportunities.

Our faculty are distinguished by both research and teaching excellence in a broad array of literary and cultural fields. Our graduate students are integral to the vibrancy of our intellectual community, and consistently demonstrate superb success rates in national scholarship competitions, in academic publishing, and in securing academic employment.

All of our students are financially supported by guaranteed award funding and teaching employment opportunities — combining to a minimum of $12,000 per year in our Master's programs and $20,000 per year in our Doctoral program.

Student Tri-Council Award Winners at the Create-an-Impact Celebration 2017

We invite you to contact our Graduate Co-ordinator Dr. Molly Wallace with questions about graduate studies in English.  And while you are here, take a moment to meet some of our students and professors talking about English at Queen's in the short video above!

Quick Overview of Programs


The MA

  • 1 Year
  • Seminars
  • Professionalisation
  • Opportunities for Literary Internship, Individual Studies, Thesis Writing and Research-Creation
  • Introduction to Teaching

The MPhil

  • 2 Years
  • Seminars
  • Professionalisation
  • Mentorship
  • Publishing Practicum
  • Individual Specialist Field Studies
  • Opportunities for Literary Internship
  • Introduction to Teaching

The PhD

  • 4 Years with optional additional years
  • Seminars
  • Professionalisation
  • Mentorship
  • Individual Specialist Field Studies
  • Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Area Studies
  • Dissertation
  • Teaching Experience with Opportunity for Individual Course Design and Instruction

Spotlight on Creative Writing


Check out The Lamp, an innovative literary journal founded at Queen's devoted to graduate student writing.

Cover image of The Lamp Journal volume 8

Learn More about our MPhil, Literary Internship, and Writing Retreats