University of Sheffield

MA English Literature


The University of Sheffield

Western Bank

Sheffield, England S10 2TN

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters in English Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA English Literature is offered in the School of English - one of the UK's largest English departments, renowned for world-leading research which informs our high quality innovative teaching.

The MA in English Literature is a flexible program which enables you to build up a varied portfolio of modules by choosing among the various areas of specialist study on offer within the School of English.  Alternatively, you can choose to focus your studies by following a particular pathway in American Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Film or Literary Linguistics.


All MA English Literature students receive research training and the course culminates in a dissertation, a project that you develop under the supervision of an expert in a relevant academic field. You can also choose to take a work placement module, which gives you experience of collaborating with cultural and educational organisations, including museums, secondary schools and publishers.                                                                                                                                                                                  

• 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 are also able to take modules in American history offered by the History Department.

• Medieval and Early Modern pathway

The medieval and early modern team provides full chronological coverage of the period from the early medieval period to the late Seventeenth Century. The genres we study encompass prose, poetry, and drama, as well as fictional and non-fictional forms such as letters and news. We are particularly interested in the ways in which texts and ideas circulated (in manuscript, print and performance), and the relationships between literature, language, place, and identity. Our students enjoy a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. They are part of the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS), the Medieval and Ancient Research Centre (MARCUS), and have the opportunity to take modules in History if they wish.

• Film pathway

The Film Pathway combines the theoretical examination of film with the historical and institutional study of international cinema, and pursues close textual reading and contextual analysis across the histories and outputs of distinctive national film cultures. On this pathway you will 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.

• Literary-Linguistics pathway

If you are interested in the language of literature, this pathway allows you to explore the interface of literary and linguistic study through a range of interdisciplinary modules. We cover a variety of literary-linguistic subjects, including stylistics, narrativity, historical stylistics, corpus stylistics, cognitive poetics, postcolonial language and literatures, and the history of literary and linguistic thought.


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