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English by Research, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Research an aspect of English literature (Renaissance to the present), language, critical theory or a combination of these. You work towards a 30,000 word dissertation on a topic agreed between you and your supervisors. The course is ideal for those who want to pursue a specific topic or research area in detail.

You're supported by a dedicated supervisory team who have knowledge and experience in your area of study. Supervisory sessions will be on a one-to-one basis with individually-arranged meetings. In dialogue with supervisors, you establish the exact nature of their project and gain advice on how best to conduct the research. Later on, they will provide detailed feedback on drafts of your thesis as well as help structure and prepare to defend the work in the viva examination.

You learn through:

  • workshops
  • research seminars
  • postgraduate reading group
  • supervision meetings
  • online training
  • engaging with scholars
  • networking

Programme Structure

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • teaching
  • media and journalism
  • marketing
  • editing and publishing


Dr Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Ana develops, leads and teaches on Literature and Creative Writing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and conducts research on 20th and 21st century literature. She's worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2005 in various academic roles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no fixed application deadline for most postgraduate courses, but you should send your application form to us as soon as possible as courses do fill up. International students also need to allow for time to apply for a visa.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

If English is not your first language you typically need a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 and to submit a sample of written, critical work.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


  • Home/EU: £2,130 per year

Living costs for Sheffield

  • 555 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The government introduced a postgraduate loans system in 2016. For the academic year 2017/18 - you could receive up to £10,280

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