Programs and Courses


Why English @ Memorial?

Memorial University’s Department of English is committed to comprehensive coverage of British, North American, and world literatures. While the Department offers graduate supervision in a variety of areas, most of our recent graduate students have been involved in twentieth-century and contemporary literature and in Canadian literature, including the literature of Newfoundland and Labrador. Irish studies have been targeted by the Department as an area of continuing interest and future growth. The Department welcomes research in northern and North Atlantic studies which links our interests in Canada, Ireland, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Description of programs

  • MA – The MA program offers both course and thesis options. The course option can be completed in one year of full-time study while the thesis option can be completed in two years.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis. It can normally be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of English website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class honours) in an appropriate area of study, with 20 courses in English and minimum 80% in English courses
  • PhD – Master's degree in English with minimum 80% in graduate courses


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change. The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information

Degrees Offered:



course, thesis


MA: 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 15 for Fall admission


MA: $10,950
PhD: $13,500-$24,242

More funding information

Tuition (Canadian students):

MA: $632-$1,313/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA: $822-$1,706/semester
PhD: $1,153/semester

More tuition information

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