The Inter-university Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications(iMAES),run by the Universities of A Coruña (UDC), Santiago de Compostela (USC) and Vigo (UVigo), in Galicia (Northwestern Spain), is an accredited programme which meets the high standards of excellence of the European System of Higher Education. It has been evaluated and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education (ID MEC: 4314355), the regional Quality Accreditation Agency of Galicia (ACSUG), and the National Quality Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education (ANECA).
The Master is a one-year academic programme consisting of 60 ECTS. Classes are held at each of the three organising universities, so that students can choose the location and schedule that best suit their needs and interests.
The Master consists of both attendance-based and online training, each course (3 ECTS) involving 14 classroom hours and 7 hours online coursework. There is also a Master’s thesis (12 ECTS), and a practicum module (6 ECTS) which affords students a unique opportunity to work with outside organisations with which the organising universities have established partnership arrangements.
The Master also allows students to begin work on a PhD, in that it provides the preparatory coursework required for writing a PhD dissertation. It constitutes the pre-requisite coursework for the Inter-university PhD Programme in Advanced English Studies: Linguistics, Literature and Culture, also jointly organised by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo. This new inter-university PhD programme builds on the strength of previous doctoral programmes which have received Official Recognition for Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for the period 2011-2014, under grants MEE2011-0070 and MEE2011-0300 (BOE 20/10/2011). Only four other PhD programmes in the field of English Studies were awarded this distinction.
The Master prepares students for the demanding standards of the international job market and offers advanced training in the core subject areas of English language and linguistics and Anglo-American literature and culture. It also gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience in both conducting and applying linguistics and literary research.