September 2019 start
MA

English Studies (online)

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Taught entirely online, our MA in English Studies allows you to develop your knowledge of literature and literary linguistics from wherever you are in the world.
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Course description

The English Studies MA course is taught completely online, so you can study while working, wherever you live. It's one of the only distance learning MA courses to be offered by a leading Russell Group institution.

You'll be supported by our expertise in areas including Renaissance literature, contemporary literatures and literary linguistics, deepening you knowledge of the field and preparing you for research study at MPhil or PhD level, if that is your goal.

To support your learning you’ll have access to a range of electronic resources, including scholarly journals, ebooks, the online Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Early English Books Online. Most class texts can be accessed electronically through the University libraries.

The transferable skills you will develop through this MA will give you a wide variety of career options when you graduate. Many students on the MA English Studies have used the programme to help them develop in their existing careers, such as education.

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Modules

Core modules

Research Methods in English Studies.

Optional modules

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.

Teaching

This course is taught entirely online.

As part of the teaching component you'll be set regular study tasks, which you'll discuss online with your tutors and peers. You can post to discussion boards at any time within the duration of a task and tutors will give you regular feedback on your ideas.

Assessment

This MA uses a range of assessment types, including:

  • Short written pieces derived from your online discussions
  • Longer essays and projects
  • Project proposals
  • Reflective writing
  • Dissertation

Duration

2 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (eg history, philosophy, modern languages).

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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

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Contact

english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0236

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