MA English Literature

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Key facts

  • School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • 1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English.

For the Literary-Linguistics pathway, you need a 2:1 in English literature, language or linguistics – or a related subject such as history, philosophy or modern languages

English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jane Lowe
T: +44 (0)114 222 6296

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About the course

This is our most flexible course. It's designed to let you explore, then specialise in the subjects that interest you.


Pathways for this course are available in American Literature, Early Modern (Renaissance), Film and Literary-Linguistics.

Pathways for English Literature - MA course

Optional modules

  • The Country House and the English Literary Imagination
  • Postmodernism to Neo-Conservatism in American Culture
  • Literature and Ethics
  • Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Literature
  • 'Tales of the City': The Living Space in Contemporary American Fiction
  • Shelling Lives: Literary Biography in Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary British Poetry
  • Interpret the Brutes: The Animal in Postcolonial Writing
  • Analysis of Film

Teaching and assessment

  • Essays
  • 15,000-word dissertation

Your career

An English Literature masters from Sheffield is the mark of an independent thinker, a skilled researcher, someone who can bring complex projects to fruition. Our graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts – especially theatre, film and creative writing.

Cultural life

There is always something going on, and there are plenty of chances to get involved. We have extensive links with arts and heritage organisations including Arts Council England and Sheffield Theatres. Recent poetry readings featured Carol Ann Duffy and Ciaran Carson.

Our Arts/Science Encounters events bring together musicians, writers, architects and academics to explore ideas. The English Society, run by our students, organises theatre trips, guest lectures and seminars. Students also get the chance to take part in drama and readings.

First-rate facilities

We're based in a brand new building at the heart of the campus. There are computer workstations especially for postgraduates and a DVD library with viewing facilities.

Our theatre workshop is a fully equipped teaching/performance area with excellent film-viewing facilities and audio suites.

Specialist resources

The University Library subscribes to the major periodicals and full-text electronic archives, including Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online.

Special collections include an outstanding collection of Restoration drama, the Hope Collection of eighteenth-century periodicals, the Jack Rosenthal scripts collection, and papers of contemporary writers such as Anita Brookner, Marina Warner, Fay Weldon and Peter Redgrove.

Research training for PhD

If you intend to progress to a PhD, your course can be tailored to include essential research training. The same applies to students on the online course.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form