Interdisciplinary study at postgraduate levelInterdisciplinary MA programmes

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is home to a suite of innovative interdisciplinary MA programmes which build on established research specialisms to map out new connections across disciplinary boundaries.
These courses combine cross-cutting, flexible approaches with a coherent and clearly-defined thematic focus of study to provide a dynamic framework through which to address complex issues and emerging fields of study.
Interdisciplinary study fosters enhanced critical thinking, relational approaches - skills which are highly valued by research funders and employers alike.
Whether you are seeking an innovative bridge to extended postgraduate research opportunities, a further boost to employability or the chance to pursue a long-held passion these courses are designed to meet your needs.

MA Public Humanities


The MA in Public Humanities is designed to prepare you for a career in communicating ideas, working directly with the public or behind the scenes. It combines hands-on training in project management and digital technologies with the study of public engagement – its value, its impact on societies and what forms it might take in the future. Staff from across the Faculty will teach modules in their areas of expertise and you will design your own projects around your specialist subject. Experts from the Humanities Research Institute will open your mind to the full potential of digital technology in public engagement. Core modules are designed to simulate real-life situations and you’ll hone your project management skills on work placement with an appropriate organisation in Sheffield.

"I would recommend this course to those who hope to pursue public engagement within the arts, heritage or cultural sector - it focuses on some really interesting areas and provided us with the opportunity to gain useful work experience"
Eirian Burke

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MA Cultural Heritage Management

This innovative course, taught jointly between the Management School and the Department of Archaeology, is the first of its kind in the UK. The Management School is one of the leading national centres for teaching and research in management applied to the cultural and creative industries. This course combines the strengths of both departments, whilst actively forging close links with the heritage sector within our region, nationally and overseas. These links with industry will form an integral feature of your studies, and you can expect to apply the principles you learn to real world situations during the course. Students have worked collaboratively with organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust and many regional museums.

MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

This degree is aimed at students who wish to continue their study of Religion, Theology and
the Bible and provides ideal preparation your own research at MPhil/PhD level. You can tailor
the course to your interests. There are opportunities to take modules from our other MA
programmes as well as those in postcolonial literature, history, New Testament texts and
languages (Greek and Hebrew). You will be part of an active research community and will learn to
develop, and defend your work in an atmosphere of lively and challenging debate and exchange.

Cognitive Studies MA

This programme gives a general theoretical introduction to issues in cognitive studies. The Cognitive Studies Seminar, taken by all students on the programme, provides a central forum.

The spirit of the programme is interdisciplinary, and you can opt to take your Research Training units in Philosophy, Psychology, Human Communication Science, Linguistics, or Archaeology. You will also be able to select appropriate MA-level modules from Archaeology, Human Communication Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.

The programme is administered by the Philosophy Department. But it involves active collaboration between Philosophy, Psychology, Human Communication Science, Archaeology, and Linguistics, with a co-Director from each of these subjects.

Political Theory MA

The MA in Political Theory is designed for students with an interest in contemporary political philosophy: topics such as rights, global justice, war, democracy, as well as key figures in the history of political ideas including Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Rawls. The course is taught jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Politics, both leading departments in the UK with international reputations for teaching and research.

The MA in Political Theory has established itself as a successful and popular postgraduate programme, attracting a diverse group of accomplished students from the UK and abroad, many of whom go on to study for a PhD in political philosophy either at Sheffield or at other top-ranked institutions.

MA Eighteenth Century Studies (English)

This MA provides one of the country´s finest platforms for advanced and interdisciplinary study of eighteenth-century culture. Delivered by research specialists in both the English and History departments, the MA introduces current academic debates and research methods by focusing on the interface between historical and literary approaches to the subject. Members of the School of Modern Languages and Music also contribute to the core module. The aim of the programme is to deliver advanced skills training across the board, applicable to many varied career paths, and many of our students proceed to work at PhD level in the field.

MA Nineteenth Century Studies (English)

This MA is run in conjunction with colleagues in History, Modern Languages and Philosophy and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. The MA and the Centre draw together scholars from a wide range of disciplines across the University to promote interdisciplinary postgraduate courses and research degrees. The MA offers readings of texts and contexts across the entire breadth of the long nineteenth century, from 1789 to about 1914. Modules encompass the Romantic and Victorian eras, and the beginnings of modernism.


PhD in Medical Humanities and Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Interdisciplinary PhD opportunities exist in a range of topics and themes which are supported by world renowned academic staff in a friendly, supportive and exciting research environment. Funding is often available and will be targeted to your research interests.

Contact Ida Kemp, i.kemp@sheffield.ac.uk, directly for information and advice on the most appropriate way to move forward.

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