MA English Studies (online)
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.
About the course
1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Develop your knowledge of literature and the history of the English language. You'll be supported by our expertise in areas including medieval, Renaissance and contemporary literatures in English.
This course is taught completely online, so you can study while working, wherever you live. 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.
At least a 2:1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
A range including:
There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.
Part-time students usually take one taught module in each semester. In the second year, you'll also take a dissertation module. For most courses, you'll need to come in for one half-day per week.
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An English Literature masters from Sheffield is the mark of an independent thinker, a skilled researcher, someone who can bring complex projects to fruition. Our graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts – especially theatre, film and creative writing.
There is always something going on, and there are plenty of chances to get involved. We have extensive links with arts and heritage organisations including Arts Council England and Sheffield Theatres. Recent poetry readings featured Carol Ann Duffy and Ciaran Carson.
Our Arts/Science Encounters events bring together musicians, writers, architects and academics to explore ideas. The English Society, run by our students, organises theatre trips, guest lectures and seminars. Students also get the chance to take part in drama and readings.
The range of options means you can design the kind of course you want.
The University Library subscribes to the major periodicals and full-text electronic archives, including Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online.
Special collections include an outstanding collection of Restoration drama, the Hope Collection of eighteenth-century periodicals, the Jack Rosenthal scripts collection, and papers of contemporary writers such as Anita Brookner, Marina Warner, Fay Weldon and Peter Redgrove.
Research training for PhD
If you intend to progress to a PhD, your course can be tailored to include essential research training. The same applies to students on the online course.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.