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.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
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).
Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
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.
+44 (0)114 222 8473
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.