Taught course

English Literature

University of Sheffield · School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

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Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (eg history, philosophy, modern languages) is usually required.

Months of entry


Course content

This is our most flexible course. It’s designed to let you explore modules from across our degree programmes to create your own pathway.

You may choose modules from any of the School of English MAs or pathways.

American Literature pathway

Develop your knowledge across a range of fields including urban studies, gender studies, race studies, travel writing, postcolonial writing, autobiographical and epistolary studies. You’ll cover contemporary and recent American fiction and the way ‘real history’ appears in the texts. You may be able to take selected modules in history offered by the History Department.

Teaching is by seminars. You’ll be assessed on your essays, coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Medieval and Early Modern pathway

You’ll examine early modern texts, language and culture. Staff expertise includes palaeography, rhetoric, news writing, the sermon, drama, and issues of political, sectarian and national identity between 1400 and 1700. Modules (including modules from History) can be tailored to suit your interests. You’ll complete one core module, optional modules and a dissertation.

Teaching is by seminars. You’ll be assessed on your essays, coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Modern and Contemporary pathway

You’ll study modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, with a focus on literature since 1900. Topics include: memory studies, contemporary poetry, urban and postmodern literature, the Cold War, life writing, race, gender and animal studies.

Film pathway

You’ll develop skills in textual and theoretical interrogation of narrative film, in both popular and art cinema. Close textual analysis of the moving image is supplemented by a range of optional national cinema studies, including Australian cinema and British visual culture. You’ll complete one core module, optional modules and a dissertation.

Literary-Linguistics pathway

This pathway brings literature and linguistics together. Through a series of interdisciplinary modules, you’ll explore the language of literature. Subjects include: stylistics, narrative and contemporary fiction, cognitive poetics, the language and literature of the city.

Gothic Studies pathway

Develop your knowledge by following a range of modules on the Gothic from the eighteenth century onwards. This pathway enables you to consider how images of ‘evil’ and otherness are used in the Gothic as a way of asking difficult questions about social convention and identity formation.

You will have access to the resources that only a Russell Group university can provide, including important archival material such as the Corvey collection (which includes some rare gothic novels published between 1790 and 1840) and the opportunity to attend guest lectures delivered by the world’s leading academics. In addition to those who have a general fascination with the Gothic, this pathway may be of particular interest to students considering a PhD in Gothic studies.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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