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
2 years part-time
If you're interested in taking the course full-time (1 year), please contact us (see below) before applying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.