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MA English combines the study of literatures, linguistics, critical theory and creative writing.
Studying English at postgraduate level will allow you to immerse yourself in literature from 1660 to the present day, while also studying linguistic theory and developing your own writing abilities.
You will develop your skills in analysis, reasoning and communication, creating an excellent foundation for either a communication-based career or further academic study.
You will engage with a range of modules and traditions of thought and will have opportunities to learn how to use the various resources based at St Peter's Campus. Alongside this, some of your teaching and learning will take place online.
A combination of online and face-to-face sessions will enable you to access the resources and equipment that will broaden your skills, as well as the specialist academics and technicians who will assist you as you learn. This flexible approach will enable you to stay safe, provide you with a rounded experience and enable you to join our community of learners.
A typical week for you will include seminars and discussion groups, as well as independent study. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.
As a part-time student, you’ll attend half of the sessions required for full-time students. For this reason, your course will take two years to complete instead of one year.
Your progress will be assessed with essays, and some options may also require oral presentations. Throughout the course you'll have one-to-one support from staff throughout your degree.
A full-time version of this course is also available.
This degree is comprised of a core module, three optional modules, and a dissertation.
You will also complete a compulsory dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with your supervisor (60 credits)
We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.
The fee for this course is £375 per 10 credits if you are from the UK or EU. This course is not available to international students.
If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. Read more about the discount.
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A Masters degree in English is a qualification that employers understand and respect. It is powerful testimony to your intellectual competence.
Your highly developed skills in communication, research and analysis will make you a perfect fit for a wide range of organisations. Many of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, journalism, PR, business and publishing.
With an English MA you also have the option to continue in academia, and study for a PhD.
Spectral Visions Press is a publishing house located at the University of Sunderland, which specialises in creative writing inspired by Gothic literature.
In its first month, Spectral Visions Press received close to 100 submissions from around the globe for its creative writing collection 'Spectral Visions: Grim Fairy Tales', and for its Gothic studies-centred academic journal ‘Monstrum’.
As well as offering opportunities to publish your creative writing, Spectral Visions Press can also provide you with valuable experience of the publishing industry. More than 70 student volunteers help run the publishing house, with support from the University's academic team. You will gain a work-reference in addition to your academic reference – a huge advantage when applying for popular publishing jobs.
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