School of English

Distance Learning Programmes

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

  • MA Modern English Language
  • MA Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  • MA Literary Linguistics
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA English Studies
  • MA Health Communication


We are ranked 7th for English in The Times and  Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015,  in the world top 50 for English Literature, Language and Linguistics (QS World University Rankings 2014) and 9th in the UK for 'research power' (REF 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.

Key Facts

  • Flexible study programme
  • One-to-one interaction with tutors 
  • Students are generally taught by full-time members of academic staff
  • Free annual Summer School

Teaching and Learning

Students have one-to-one contact with tutors so there is plenty of opportunity for discussion of ideas and development as researchers. There is also a dedicated team of distance learning administrators who provide continuity throughout a student's period of study.

What is the structure of a Masters distance learning course?

The course is offered part-time and comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 14,000 word dissertation. Modules are studied consecutively throughout the year and our prgramme is very flexible.


What is the duration of a Masters distance learning course?

The duration of the course is between two and four years. The minimum registration is two years, but the majority of our students take around three years to complete. 


What kind of modules will I study?

For videos introducing some of the modules offered on our courses, please see Module-in-a-Minute. Full details of modules and course structures are available in the Student Handbooks for the respective courses.


Summer School

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 which is neither course nor module-specific, but it is an invaluable opportunity to meet your tutors and fellow students. For Further information, please see our Summer School page.


Course Fees and other costs

2015-16 (September 2015 and February 2016 cohorts)

The fee rate from September 2015 will be £44 per credit. This works out as follows:

  • a 15 credit module will cost £660
  • a 30 credit module will be £1320
  • the dissertation (60 credits) will be £2640

This means that the projected fees are £7920 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.


Visiting us

There is an opportunity to see the campus, School and all the facilities Nottingham has to offer

You are welcome to come and visit Nottingham and should contact Val Durow, Postgraduate Taught Course Officer,to arrange your visit. The School of English is located in the Trent Building.

Campus tour video

Virtual open day

If you can't visit in person, The University of Nottingham welcomes you on a virtual postgraduate open day.


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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