MA English Literature

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our staff are highly respected researchers, critics and writers. They’re also passionate, dedicated teachers who work hard to make sure your masters experience is as rich and rewarding as possible.

We believe the study of language, literature and art is vital to our wellbeing as a society. All our research, our teaching and our pioneering work with communities, reflects this ethos.

About the course

Our MA in English Literature is intensive and rewarding. Each week, you'll spend about 35 hours in lectures and seminars. We also run research skills workshops.

Through our optional work placement module, you could spend part of your course working on a project for a museum, a school or a publishing company.

You can take the general MA, which covers a huge range of topics, or choose a specialist pathway.

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

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Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Moe Shoji, MA Theatre and Performance Studies

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time/2 years part-time

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

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

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.

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.


Graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts – especially theatre, film and creative writing. Our courses are also excellent preparation for a PhD.

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.

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.

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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

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