School of English

Distance Learning Programmes

Distance Learning Studies

The School of English offers the following Masters (MA) programmes via web-based distance learning. 

We are ranked 44th in the world for English Literature, Language and Linguistics by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014

Our programmes attract a wide variety of students who are drawn by the flexibility. Many take our programmes in order to enhance their current careers, others go on to PhDs, while some study purely out of interest. Our recent graduates have provided profiles which give an idea of the distance learning experience.

English Language and Applied Linguistics (ELAL) 

All these programmes share the same modules.  For information regarding which modules are tagged for specific programmes please refer to the Student Handbook.  By default all modules are tagged for the Masters Modern English Language (MA MEL) programme, however, students on other programmes do have a wide range of choices.


English Studies (ES) 

Health Communications (HC)

This course is run in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing and Sociology & Social Policy

Course Fees and other Costs

2014-15 (September 2014 and February 2015 cohorts)

The fee rate from September 2014 will be £42 per credit. This works out as follows:

  • a 15 credit module will cost £630
  • a 30 credit module will be £1260
  • the dissertation (60 credits) will be £2520

This means that the projected fees are £7560 for the whole Masters (MA). Fees will rise slightly each year, however, students will normally be charged at the same rate throughout the Masters (MA). This will be the current rate at the time of initial registration.

Additionally, of course, you will be expected to buy textbooks and academic books. You will need to buy three or four books as a minimum for each module. Unless you have a very good university bookshop near you, the easiest and cheapest way of doing this will be to buy books from an online bookshop. Other costs to consider include providing yourself with a computer and internet connection, and your online call time.

Once a year we organise a Summer School in Nottingham to which all postgraduate students are warmly invited. It is not obligatory to attend this symposium, but if you would like to participate then this is an additional cost (for travel and accommodation) which you must consider. 

Of course, many expenses associated with traditional study are avoided by distance learning: you will not need to pay for expensive travel costs; nor accommodation in Nottingham; nor sacrifice your daily job and family commitments. To help you make a comparison, the usual full-fee cost of one-year postgraduate study for international students here in Nottingham is almost £12000, without including accommodation and living expenses.

Find out more about studying English at Nottingham:

Virtual PG Open Day

Graduate School

Social Sciences and
Arts Graduate Centre

PG Taught Course Officer

Distance Learning Administrator - Dr Valerie Durow

Contact Details

Dr. Valerie Durow
School of English
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

t: + 44 115 951 5899
f: + 44 115 951 5924
e: english-distancelearning@nottingham.ac.uk

Applications can be made online via the University's Applications Portal, alternatively, hard copy forms can be obtained from the address above.


School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: english-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk