MA English Studies (online)

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

Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.

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

Develop your knowledge of literature and the history of the English language. You'll be supported by our expertise in areas including medieval, Renaissance and contemporary literatures in English.

This course is taught completely online, so you can study while working, wherever you live. Most class texts can be accessed electronically through the University libraries. You'll complete one 30-credit core module, optional modules worth 90 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Core module

  • Research Methods in English Studies

Optional modules

May include:

  • Literature and the Mind
  • Shakespeare and Early Women Dramatists
  • Introduction to Literary Linguistics

All MA students can take optional modules from the online course, with the agreement of their course tutor.

Part-time study

Part-time students usually take one taught module in each semester. In the second year, you'll also take a dissertation module.

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Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature


Key facts

Course duration

2 years part-time

If you're interested in taking the course full-time (1 year), please contact us (see below) before applying.

Entry requirements

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

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

Please the department's website for information about course fees.

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.

Careers

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. 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:

Dr Tom Rutter
E: t.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0114) 222 6289

Dr Sara Whiteley
E: sara.whiteley@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0114) 222 8498