Victorian Studies MA
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Social changes, technological developments, and literary experimentation make the Victorian period a source of ongoing fascination. On the Victorian Studies MA, you’ll explore a variety of perspectives on life, art and literature during this most exciting of times.
Teaching and learning
During the course you will be taught through a range of methods, including:
- individual supervisions
- directed and self-directed study, writing, and research time.
In seminars, a small group of students (usually between 3 and 13 participants) is led in a discussion of texts and issues by a tutor. For each seminar you will read the set texts and prepare other work, which may include a presentation. For workshops on the 'Research Methods' core module, you will be taught together with students from other MAs in English, working together on problem-solving, research, and presentation skills.
Assessment on a module usually consists of one or two pieces of written work. Common types include essays in response to a choice from set questions, editorial exercises, and critical reviews of recent work in a field. Some modules may feature oral presentations.
For your dissertation, you will have one-on-one supervision from a member of staff with an interest in your chosen topic. The diverse research interests of staff means that we can offer an impressive breadth of expertise for dissertation supervision.
Part-time students take the core modules in their first year and the optional modules in their second year.
In addition to the teaching for modules, we organise a number of extra-curricular research seminars, at which academics and researchers from around the country present their latest work. Research seminars are an excellent way to hear about new, unpublished ideas and to develop your own understanding of a field. As well as a long-established Victorian seminar series, events are also run for the Medieval, Early Modern (Renaissance), and Modern periods, and for Linguistics. There is also a Victorian Studies Centre Annual Lecture, usually held in November. Previous speakers have included: Matthew Sweet; Kathryn Hughes and Jenny Uglow.
As well as encouraging me to embrace my ideas and have confidence in my writing, the course has improved and strengthened my academic voice. The tutors in the English department are passionate about the subjects that they teach, which always makes our seminars engaging, entertaining and enjoyable.