Careers with a masters degree from the School of English

The analytical, communication and self-motivation skills you will gain through studying for a masters degree in the School of English will make you highly prized by employers.

A group of PhD students work at their computers

Because the study of English is also the study of language, and because language is part of every aspect of human life, a masters degree in English will help provide you with the skills and experience to take you wherever you want to go.

Our graduates are highly successful in the job market, both nationally and globally. We have alumni working all over the world in a variety of different professions, including:

  • Journalism
  • The charity sector
  • Marketing and communications
  • Theatre and television production
  • PR
  • Copywriting
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Web development
  • Accountancy
  • Speech and language therapy

MA Work Placement

As part of your degree, you will have the opportunity to undertake an optional 100-hour integrated work placement with one of our partner organisations in Yorkshire or Derbyshire. A work placement is a fantastic way to distinguish yourself in the job market, and many of our placement students have continued to work with their partner organisation after the module has been completed, either as a volunteer or in paid employment.

Students taking the Work Placement module have worked with organisations across a variety of sectors including: heritage and tourism, archives, charities,  galleries and arts performance, publishing; events organisation, health and wellbeing, and more.

Our partner organisations include Bank Street Arts, Bloc Projects, Chatsworth House, Film Hub North, Grimm & Co., Recovery Enterprises, Renishaw Hall, Sheffield Archives, and Sheffield newspapers - and this list continues to grow.

You will be able to sign up to do an integrated work placement during the module choice process. Work placement modules are available to students studying the following courses:

For her MA Work Placement module, Lucinda Weston designed an interactive tour of Chatsworth House for A Level students.

Careers Service

The University Careers Service can offer you a wealth of support and advice, both during your studies and after you graduate. As well as providing an extensive programme of careers events - including fairs, workshops and campus visits from employers - they can help you hone your interview skills, write the perfect cover letter and find placements and work experience.

Careers Service


Sheffield Volunteering helps students of all levels to make an impact in our city through community volunteering. They have hundreds of different projects to choose from, including conservation and environmental action, working with children and young people to help improve their reading and creative writing skills, and helping charities with their communications and social media presence, among many other opportunities. Volunteering is a fantastic way to build your own skills whilst sharing your enthusiasm and experience with the Sheffield community. 

Sheffield Volunteering

Further study

All of our MA programmes provide excellent preparation for PhD study, should this be your goal. Find out more about studying for a PhD with us, including advice on finding a supervisor and submitting your research proposal, on our webpages.

PhD study

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.