Taught course


Sheffield Hallam University · English
MPhilPhD by taught

Entry requirements

To apply for a MPhil or PhD (subject to confirmation) we normally expect you to have a masters degree in English or another appropriate discipline, plus a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Direct PhD registration may be permitted if you hold a masters degree, or an overseas masters degree of equivalent standard, which is postgraduate according to the UK Quality Assurance Agency’s National Qualifications Framework and included training in research and a research-based project report/dissertation or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 7.0 score with a minimum of 7.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Embark on an intensive, supervised piece of investigative work and build your own original area of expertise. You can choose from a wide range of research topics, from Renaissance literature to creative writing. The way you complete your PhD can also vary widely, from writing an extended 80,000 word thesis to a practice based PhD that comprises a 40,000 word thesis and one or more original creative works.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at https://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
Fees are aligned to Research Councils UK (RCUK) fees.
International students

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding.

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-discounts to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
84 months

PhD by taught

full time
36 months
part time
84 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Development and Society
0114 225 5555