MA English Studies (online)

School of English, 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.

The course offers a unique curriculum – half theoretical and half practical. It offers a great opportunity for me to learn the way to incorporate theatre practice into research. The course has introduced a wide variety of contemporary performance that is totally new to me, which has broadened my interest.

Moe ShojI, Postgraduate Student in the School of English

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

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.

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Develop your knowledge of literature and literary linguistics. You’ll be supported by our expertise in areas including 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.

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Core module

  • Research Methods in English Studies

Examples of optional modules

May include:

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

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

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 Literature.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Please see the department 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

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

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Any questions?

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

Dr Madeleine Callaghan
E: m.callaghan@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.