M.A. English Studies

Sheffield Hallam University

Application deadline: January intake: November 1; September intake: April 4
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,949 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,789 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA English Studies offers you the chance to extend your study of English language and/or literature to postgraduate level through increasing specialisation. You can choose to take a general course covering a range of English topics. Or you can specialise in renaissance literature, romantic literature, children´s literature, contemporary and modern literature or English language.

Throughout the course, we emphasise the professional expertise and knowledge needed by the modern literary researcher. As well as more traditional skills, you gain a working knowledge and understanding of the important role of new information technologies in advanced literary study. You can work with academics who are at the forefront of developments in this area.

Although the MA English Studies is a self-contained course in its own right, it also prepares you for independent research at MPhil or PhD level.

If you choose to specialise in an area of literature, your qualification title can change to reflect this, such as MA English Studies (Renaissance Literature). Your dissertation must also relate to your specialist area.

The course aims to develop high level critical, intellectual, and communication skills which are attractive to a wide range of employers. There may be opportunities for research registration at MPhil/PhD level within the Humanities Research Centre.


Core modules - all routes * postgraduate research methods
* dissertation - this must relate to your specialist area

MA English Studies

Choose three from

* Corvey case study - literary archives and new technologies
* adopt a children´s author
* approaches to discourse
* contemporary literature
* critical discourse analysis
* editing a renaissance play
* Shakespeare, Marlowe and the British Empire
* passions, interests, protests the discourse of sentiment, 1750-1850
* moderns and others
* theorising children´s literature
* writing children´s literature
* Elizabeth´s men - poetry and prose, 1558-1603
* a module from our humanities subject area

MA English Studies (Renaissance Literature)

* editing a Renaissance play
* Marlowe, Shakespeare, and the British empire
* plus one module from MA English Studies or our humanities subject area

MA English Studies (Romantic Literature)

* passions, interests, protests
* Corvey case study - literary archives and new technologies
* plus one module from MA English Studies or our humanities subject area

MA English Studies (Contemporary and Modern Literature)

* moderns and others
* contemporary literatures
* plus one module from MA English Studies or our humanities subject area

MA English Studies (Children´s Literature)

* theorising children´s literature
* adopt a children´s author
* writing for children
* or one module from MA English Studies or our humanities subject area

MA English Studies (English Language)

* approaches to discourse
* critical discourse analysis
* plus one module from MA English Studies or our humanities subject area


Normally a 2.1 degree or equivalent in the humanities is expected

Students from overseas also need certified competence in English language in one of the following forms

* British Council IELTS test band 7.0

* Cambridge Examinations Board pass in Certificate in Proficient English (Proficiency) or Certificate in Advanced English or a First Certificate in English at A or B grade plus a further year´s English study

* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet based) - plus some independent assessment of speaking. There is no direct test of speaking ability in TOEFL.

Alternatively we may determine your competency through a submission of a writing sample.

You must apply by 1 November for the January intake and by 4 April for the September intake.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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