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MA English by Research

This course enables you to research an aspect of English literature and become a specialist in your area. You will gain skills and knowledge to continue your professional development and prepare you for PhD level study.

Course length 1-2 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This is a student-driven course for those who would like to take a master’s degree either as preparation to studying at PhD level or to gain research skills and knowledge of a specific area of English studies for professional development.

This course enables you to research an aspect of English literature (Renaissance to the present), language, critical theory or a combination of these, as well as develop skills as a researcher and specialist in your area. You work towards the submission of a 30,000 word dissertation, on a topic agreed between you and your supervisors. It is also ideal for those who want to pursue a specific topic or research area in detail.

Current staff research interests can be seen in our staff pages and includes work on • digital humanities • science and literature • law and literature • children’s literature • sentimental literature • the short story • multiculturalism in literature and language • politeness, gender and sexuality • social interaction • literary linguistics • dialectology • pragmatics and stylistics.

The English department has expertise in the following areas
• Renaissance period
• Eighteenth-century literature
• Nineteenth-century literature
• Twentieth-century literature
• contemporary literature
• critical and literary theory
• linguistics, language and literature
• women’s writing – across these periods

You are supported by an experienced supervisory team with expertise in your chosen area of study who will work with you on a one-to-one basis. They guide you through the course, including providing the necessary research tools and skills. Initial discussion between you and your supervisor establishes the focus and scope of the topic, and confirms the research questions to be addressed.

The supervisor helps you to conduct a literature survey, and engage with theoretical, methodological and critical issues relating to the topic. You are also be encouraged to attend workshops on research methods and approaches relevant to your project.

The course is designed as a flexible degree for those who need to combine work and professional development. Supervision sessions are arranged individually with your supervisory team ensuring that content is tailored to your individual needs.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically an English undergraduate degree of 2.1 or higher. Those with related undergraduate degrees of 2.1 or higher are considered on individual merit.

A research proposal needs to be submitted. Please contact the course leader for guidance on writing research proposals in the first instance: Dr Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce a.m.sanchez-arce@shu.ac.uk

Overseas students whose first language is not English willbe required to provide certified competence in English language in the form ofBritish Council IELTS test band 7 or above, with a score of at least 7 in allcomponents, or equivalent. If necessary, an offer of a place to read for aresearch degree may be made subject to successful completion of an appropriateperiod of pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes training to enhanceperformance on the research degree programme above the minimum levels ofcompetence outlined above. Applicants with a first degree taught wholly inEnglish will not generally be required to provide other evidence of EnglishLanguage proficiency.

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

2018 entry requirements

Typically an English undergraduate degree of 2.1 or higher. Those with related undergraduate degrees of 2.1 or higher are considered on individual merit.

A research proposal needs to be submitted. Please contact the course leader for guidance on writing research proposals in the first instance: Dr Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce a.m.sanchez-arce@shu.ac.uk

Overseas students whose first language is not English willbe required to provide certified competence in English language in the form ofBritish Council IELTS test band 7 or above, with a score of at least 7 in allcomponents, or equivalent. If necessary, an offer of a place to read for aresearch degree may be made subject to successful completion of an appropriateperiod of pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes training to enhanceperformance on the research degree programme above the minimum levels ofcompetence outlined above. Applicants with a first degree taught wholly inEnglish will not generally be required to provide other evidence of EnglishLanguage proficiency.

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

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically two years

Starts September

Typical modules may include

You complete

• research skills training • 30,000 word dissertation

Assessment 30,000 word dissertation and viva

Employability

This research degree can offer you continuing professional development, particularly in related areas such as teaching, media and journalism, marketing, or editing and publishing but also more general employability skills. It also provides an established route into taking on a PhD and an academic career.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £4,195 a year
Part-time – typically £2,098 a year

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

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,400 for the course

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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