University of Sheffield

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

MA Eighteenth-Century Studies


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-Eighteenth-Century Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Delivered by research specialists in both the English and History departments, the MA introduces current academic debates and research methods by focussing on the interface between historical and literary approaches to the subject.

Exploring the issues raised by the interdisciplinary study of the Eighteenth Century, we work with a range of sources to contextualise works in detail, and to initiate wider thematic discussions. We examine a variety of source materials, from novels and poetry, through newspapers and letters, to paintings and artefacts. We consider a range of interpretative issues in the handling of such texts, and locate our readings of eighteenth-century sources within the latest literary, historiographical and methodological debates.

The MA draws upon the research expertise of staff in the long British Eighteenth Century (roughly, from the Restoration of 1660 to the Revolutions of the Romantic and early Nineteenth Century period). That research is backed-up by substantial research facilities, from the library's own eighteenth-century MS holdings through to the latest electronic media (including ECCO). Our track-record in the field, aside from numerous prestigious publications, includes successful conferences, seminars and the development of advanced electronic resources. The MA delivers advanced skills training across the board, applicable to many varied career paths, and many of our students proceed to work at PhD level in the field.

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  Deadlines for funding applications are usually in early spring.


We are pleased to offer the Sheffield Scholarship 2016 to all US students commencing a Taught Masters programme in September 2016. The scholarships are: • £2,000 if your tuition fees are between £14,500 and £16,500 • £2,500 for each student paying fees of £16,501 and upwards We also offer scholarships of 50% of the course fee which will be offered on the basis of academic merit.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 7.5 (with no less than 7 in each part), or TOEFL 630 with TWE 5 (paper based) or TOEFL 267, TWE 5 (computer based) or equivalent. The TOEFL IBT test score has to be 113 or above.

Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 12160 GBP

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