University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Eighteenth-Century Studies (English Literature)

Study eighteenth-century literature to develop a broad range of advanced skills. The focus is on the interface between historical and literary approaches, and you�ll be introduced to current academic debates and research methods in the field. An English Literature masters from Sheffield is the mark of an independent thinker, a skilled researcher, someone who can bring complex projects to fruition. Our graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts � especially theatre, film and creative writing. Our courses are also excellent preparation for a PhD.

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English Literature. For the Literary-Linguistics pathway, you need a 2.1 in English literature, language or linguistics � or a related subject such as history, philosophy or modern languages. For the equivalent grades for your country. English language requirements: Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: the eighteenth century: research approaches. Optional modules: British poetry in the long eighteenth-century; the rise of the gothic; poetry and its contexts; fiction and reality; humans, animals, monsters and machines: from Gulliver�s travels to king Kong; sex and death in the eighteenth century.

Assessment methods

You�ll be assessed on your essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

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