The Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications  iMAES (downloadable poster) is affiliated to the Faculty of Philology and the Department of English and German at the University of Santiago de Compostela. It is organised jointly with the Faculty of Philology and the Department of English at the University of A Coruña, and the Faculty of Philology and Translation and the Department of English, French and German at the University of Vigo. All three universities are located in Galicia (Northwestern Spain), within easy driving distance of one another. The University of Santiago de Compostela is ranked among the world’s top 200 universities for Modern Languages, and among the top eight in Spain.

iMAES has been evaluated and approved by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (ID MEC: 4314355). It is a one-year Degree 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. All courses are taught entirely in English.

The Master consists of both attendance-based and distance training, each course (3 ECTS) involving 14 hours of classroom instruction. There is also a Master’s thesis (12 ECTS), and a practicum unit (6 ECTS) which affords students a unique opportunity to carry out external practical work in companies and institutions, as a means of acquiring professional skills and experience.


iMAES constitutes the prerequisite coursework for admission to any PhD programme in English Studies, including IDAES, the inter-university doctoral programme jointly organised by the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña and Vigo. More specifically, the Master provides the necessary orientation for research and teaching at a university level in the various fields of specialisation of its teaching staff, namely:

  • language variation and change, principally from the perspective of Cognitive Grammar and Construction Grammar; corpus linguistics; sociolinguistics; psycholinguistics and language processing; pragmatics and discourse analysis; contrastive studies; English for Specific Purposes; language teaching and acquisition
  • Anglophone literatures and cultures; studies on literature and identity; gender studies; ecocriticism; literary and film studies; literary translation


The Master constitutes an excellent complementary course of study for those entering secondary school teaching, and for various other professional profiles in the areas of translation, cultural mediation and management, tourism, publishing, literary and film criticism, journalism and advertising.


Since the Degree’s initiation in 2013-2014, it has consistently received high satisfaction rates (e.g. 4,02 for curriculum design and content, on a scale of 1 to 5). The graduation rate is well above 70%, with a success rate of 98,97%, an efficiency rate of 96,24%, and dropout rates of only 10%. Full details for the period 2013-2016 can be found here.

In the academic year 2016-2017, 32 new students have been admitted to iMAES.

Contact and academic coordination:
Professor Teresa Fanego
Tel: (+34) 881 811 899

Department of English and German
Facultade de Filoloxía
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN

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