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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.

  • Prepare to study for a PhD or gain research skills and knowledge of a specific area of English.
  • Become skilled in managing a project, planning and meeting of deadlines.
  • Demonstrate independence, communication skills and resilience.

How you learn

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

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

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

It also provides an established route into taking on a PhD and an academic career.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • electronic training resources
  • academic researchers

How do I apply?

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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Visit the English by Research (MA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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