English Studies (online)
School of English,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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.
You’ll complete one 30-credit core module, optional modules worth 90 credits and a dissertation worth 60 credits.
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.
- Research Methods in English Studies
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.
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.
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
2 years part-time
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 score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.