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We offer an expanding range of English literature, language and creative writing courses, with many specialist options. Our English teaching team includes internationally recognised academics and established writers who are committed to making your study a stimulating and engaging experience. 

The high standard of our English courses is reflected by the National Student Survey with over 90% of students commenting positively on our teaching. We have an active research department and our research was recognised as 'world leading' in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
Our postgraduate English courses develop your professional critical and analytical skills, and the MA Writing is among the most highly-regarded writing courses in the UK. We are also one of the few universities that supervise you through to completion of a novel, script, or collection of poems or stories.

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  • Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

    Full-time, Short course | Other

    If you need to improve your English in preparation for your university studies, this intensive course is designed for you. You improve your listening and speaking skills by attending lectures and speaking English at all times in and outside class. You also improve your use of written English and develop your independent study skills ready for successful study in a UK university. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • MA Writing

    Full-time, Part-time | Postgraduate

    Fulfil your creative talent and ambitions as a writer on a professionally focused course that has produced a number of notable authors, poets and scriptwriters. You study writing and develop your practice with the guidance of an internationally acclaimed team of authors. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • BA (Honours) Creative Writing

    Three years full-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code W800

    Prepare for a career as a writer with a course that develops your prose, scriptwriting and poetry, as well as your creative thinking. You are taught by widely performed and published poets, scriptwriters and novelists who give you real insights into essential writing processes. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • BA (Honours) English

    Three years full-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code Q300

    If you love reading, exploring ideas through creative writing and are curious about how language works, this course is for you. Our enthusiastic and expert staff invite you to explore all aspects of English with them. You can specialise through options in creative writing, language and literature, and there are opportunities to study abroad and gain professional experience through work-based placements. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • BA (Honours) English Literature

    Three years full-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code Q320

    We help you develop your imaginative, critical, communicative and persuasive skills and your ability to formulate and express original ideas. You can follow your personal interests through optional modules, gain professional experience through work-based modules and you have the opportunity to study abroad. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP)

    Full-time | Other

    Prepare for your Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course with this English language course. Designed for non-native speakers of English, your level of English proficiency is tested so that you can work with students of similar abilities throughout your course. You are encouraged to take part in classroom activities and are given homework to help you improve your English quickly. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • BA (Honours) English Language

    Three years full-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code Q310

    The study of language is the study of people and society. Language underpins the relationships we have, the identities we project, how we are perceived and our place in the social system. Explore the theories and frameworks of language and how they're applied to the real world, then examine the areas that interest you most. You also have the opportunity to gain professional experience through work-based modules. Full course details »

    Subject area: English
  • MPhil/PhD English

    Full-time, Part-time | Postgraduate

    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. Full course details »

    Subject area: English Related subjects: Research degrees,
  • BA (Honours) English and History

    Three years full-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code QV31

    Make sense of past and present culture through the study literature and history, working within a truly interdisciplinary department. You study modules which combine analysis of historical and literary documents. Then look at modern history, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and literature, from the Renaissance to the present. Full course details »

    Subject area: English Related subjects: History,
  • Short course University English Scheme

    Part-time | Undergraduate | UCAS code not applicable

    Sheffield Hallam students who are non-native English speakers can take advantage of a free course to help improve their language skills. The courses cover a range of different English language skills for undergraduate and postgraduate study, and business and conversational use.  Full course details »

    Subject area: English Related subjects: Education studies, Languages,
  • MA English by Research

    Full-time, Part-time | Postgraduate

    Complete this student driven master’s course to prepare for PhD level study or to gain English studies research skills and knowledge for professional development. Supported by expert scholars and researchers, this course enables you to research an aspect of English literature and become a specialist in your area. Full course details »

    Subject area: English Related subjects: Research degrees,
  • MA/PgDip/PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Full-time | Postgraduate

    Become a confident teacher of the English language on this course. It is suitable for UK and international graduates with no or limited teaching experience. This course covers teaching the English language in international settings, and includes a research project that gives you specialist knowledge of English language teaching. Full course details »

    Subject area: Teacher education Related subjects: English, Languages,
  • MEd/PgDip/PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    Distance learning | Postgraduate

    Study a course for practicing language teachers, designed to develop your career into English for academic purposes (EAP). It guides you through the forms of language analysis, teaching techniques, and research practices surrounding the emerging field of EAP. The course encourages reflective practice and application of pedagogical skills within your own context. Full course details »

    Subject area: Teacher education Related subjects: English, Languages,
  • MEd/PgDip/PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Distance learning | Postgraduate

    Study a course designed for in-service teachers who want to develop their language teaching skills and enhance their professional ability. The course guides you through analysing, teaching, learning and researching language and enables you to join an international community of teachers. Full course details »

    Subject area: Teacher education Related subjects: English, Languages,
  • PGCE Secondary English

    Full-time | Postgraduate

    Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of English with experience teaching Key Stages 3 to 5. Through study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities in both secondary school and college settings. Full course details »

    Subject area: Teacher education Related subjects: Education studies, English,

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