English Studies (Literature, Linguistics, Culture)

Qualification awarded Master in Humanities
Field of study Philology
Faculty Faculty of Philology
Study area Humanities
Length of the programme (years) 2 years (4 semesters)
Scope of programme (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Language of instruction English
Location  Vilnius, Lithuania
Starting date 1st of September

Tuition fee*

3737 EUR per year

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The English Studies programme is unique in the Baltic States. It covers three aspects of study: English linguistics, literatures written in the English language, and culture of English-speaking countries. The three components are interrelated; however, students are provided with a selection of optional courses, which helps them narrow down their area of study to one aspect, if they are inclined to do so.

The programme is designed to prepare qualified, independent and creative specialists in English linguistics, literature, and culture, having competences suitable for jobs related to language, literature and culture in the fields of public communication (e.g. the media, publishing industry and cultural institutions). Graduates are expected to acquire professional skills in research in educational and research institutions and to become life-long learners. The programme offers students opportunities for developing their ability to reflect on cultural traditions and to critically evaluate cultural diversity and emerging trends in modern society.

The style of studying is focused on the dynamic roles of both teachers and learners:

  • Interactive lectures, seminars, group work, case studies.
  • Individual/team presentations.
  • Thought-provoking and challenging assignments.


Bachelor in Humanities (philology, linguistics, literature, culture) or an equivalent qualification obtained at the institutions of Higher Education


Bachelor in Humanities (other study fields) or in Social Sciences provided that the curriculum included at least 15 ECTS of compulsory or elective subjects in linguistics, literature or culture.

1. If you apply for admission as an EU citizen whose first language is not English and whose primary language of instruction of their Bachelor‘s programme completed was not English are required to prove proficiency in English by submitting the results:

  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 560 (paper based) or 90 (iBT Internet–based test)
  • CAE certificate (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
  • CPE certificate (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency)

2. If you apply for admission as a non-EU Citizen, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent:

  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 560 (paper based) or 90 (iBT Internet–based test)
  • CAE certificate (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
  • CPE certificate (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency)


Students can participate in ERASMUS+ mobility programme which gives an opportunity to study at VU’s Partner University for 1 or 2 semesters or do internship abroad.


There is a wide range of opportunities for professional activities. Graduates of the English Studies programme may look for employment not only in the academic field (research in literature, culture and linguistics and teaching literary and language courses at higher education institutions), but also in other diverse areas (editing, translation, lexicography, proofreading and publishing activities, work in literary archives and museums, and various other public institutions and organizations), in which practical application of the acquired knowledge is required. 

The qualifications acquired by the graduates of the programme can also be applied in broader areas, including employment in publishing houses specialising in literature for the general public, career in the media focused on scientific, professional and cultural issues, as well as work as translators of fictional and scientific texts. Graduates meet the expectations of employers in the broader labour market by demonstrating their analytical and interpretative skills and knowledge of the contemporary and historical contexts of literature and culture. They also show their wide erudition, ability of critical thinking as well as various subject-specific competences acquired during the studies (e.g. the ability to create scientific and professional texts). 


Santiago Jurkšaitis - Content editor at Panalpina, currently based in Prague, Czech Republic

I joined the MA in English Studies at VU with the general goal of deepening my knowledge in literature and English, and the specific goal of becoming a better writer. In practical terms, the program gave me what I needed to hone skills complimentary to automation and technology in general, not substitute to it (we can't compete with machines). Thanks to this I have shaped my path into an area of increasing relevance and opportunity – marketing and communications. Creativity can't be replaced, and as a comprehensive study on how creativity works, this MA helped me adapt my skill set to the job market, and much more.

Erika Lastovskytė

I am currently based in Oxford and working in the field of publishing as a Rights Sales Executive at Oxford University Press, one of the most prestigious publishers in the world. My work has a strong international aspect and includes participation in the major industry events such as international book fairs in Frankfurt, London and Bologna. In addition, I am exploring a path of a literary translation as a mentee at the Writers' Centre Norwich Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme. This perfectly ties in with my broader interest in promoting Lithuanian literature and culture in the English speaking world. I am really pleased to work with great translators, agents, publishers and other professionals in the literary world. I believe that English Studies Programme was a kind of gate that gave me the access to all these exciting opportunities. 

Mercy Ezeala

Studying at the VU English department was enriching and rewarding. The professors provided the necessary scaffold and allowed the students to build their own structures. I was stimulated to think about texts and their social relevance, and made to understand that my opinion mattered. The viable environment created in the classes enabled me analyse texts critically and creatively, fostering a desire to approach texts through various theoretical dimensions. Through this study, the English language became palpable, connecting every part of the world through the texts exposed to me. The knowledge and skills gained at VU English department are the nudges for my current attempts to further my studies in the same field.





Assoc. Prof. Dr. Linara Bartkuvienė


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