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 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.

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 us directly ( or for Medical Humanities) for information and advice on the most appropriate way to move forward.

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