Department of English


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Our MPhil Program — Master of Philosophy in English

Queen’s University is excited to announce the launch of the Master of Philosophy Degree in English Language and Literature. This two-year program, unique among Ontario Universities, features intensive field-specific study, broad coursework, a Publishing Practicum, and guaranteed entry into the Queen’s English Doctoral Program once the degree is completed. The MPhil in English is designed for diverse learners and will be of particular interest to those undergraduate students who are already contemplating doctoral research.

Students learning about medieval travel writing take a look at the Hereford mappamundi.MPhil students choosing to move directly into the workforce upon graduation will have attained field-specific expertise, advanced professionalization, and evidence of research and writing skills through the Publishing Practicum. MPhil students choosing to move on into doctoral studies will accelerate their dissertation work by three full terms.

The MPhil is a 24-month program that features coursework, field exams, and a Publishing Practicum, and provides advanced standing to those students continuing into the PhD.

Highlights of the MPhil Program:

  • Diverse graduate-level coursework in small seminars
  • Field Examinations guarantee deep knowledge of a field—excellent training for further graduate work and teaching
  • A Publishing Practicum ensures that students prepare a work of scholarship to be ready for submission
  • Guaranteed Entry, with advanced status, into the PhD program at Queen’s following completion of MPhil

What Can I Do With It?

  • For those interested in teaching, the MPhil guarantees field-specific expertise
  • For those interested in careers in publishing or writing, the MPhil offers concrete experience and mentorship
  • For those entering the Queen’s English PhD, the MPhil track accelerates passage through the program, providing more years of funded time to work on the dissertation
The MPhil at a Glance

The Master's of Philosophy is mainly comprised of elective seminars, professional and career development courses, and exams in a recognized field of study chosen by the student.

Year 1

  • ENGL 800 Professional and Pedagogical Skills in fall term
  • ENGL 803 Research Forum in fall and winter terms
  • 2 elective seminars in fall term
  • 3 elective seminars in winter term
  • Declaration of Year 2 special field at end of winter term
  • Study for field exam in summer term

Year 2

  • Study for and writing of field exam in fall term
  • 1 elective seminar in fall term
  • Publishing Practicum in winter term
  • 2 elective seminars in winter terms

Each year, one of the courses may be an individual Directed Reading arranged with a supervisor, rather than a seminar.  One of the courses may also be taken in a Queen's graduate program other than English, such as Philosophy, Art, or History.

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Language Requirement

All candidates must demonstrate reading knowledge of one language other than English at a basic level, either by passing a departmental examination or by successfully completing an approved university-level, full-year language course or equivalent.

Publishing Practicum

The Publishing Practicum is an initiative of the English Department designed to foster the early professionalization of our MPhil and PhD students and to provide a competitive advantage in the academic job market and national scholarship competitions. This seminar takes students through the revision and submission stages of scholarly publishing from draft essay to academic article with the goal of achieving a publishable piece by the end of the student’s first year of doctoral study.

The Publishing Practicum course at Queen’s has been completely invaluable to my development as a scholar, not only academically, but (somewhat unexpectedly) socially as well. By the end of my first year of doctoral studies, I not only came away with a paper all but ready for publication, but I was able to benefit from reading and commenting on the work of my peers. The course works to make the process of seeking publication less nebulous by teaching us how to approach journals, how to deal with the revision process, and what ‘academic writing’ itself actually means.

Lindsay Young, PhD Student

Queen’s Publishing Practicum served as a key learning experience in my ongoing professional transition from graduate student to scholar and researcher. The course’s combination of theoretical and practical components effectively allowed me to familiarize myself with the academic publishing landscape in a fashion tailored to my own research interests… Participating in the practicum demystified the academic publishing process for me and concluded with concrete output that sets me up well for pursuing publication of academic articles going forward.

Robyn Carruthers, PhD Student