Victorian Studies

MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to explore Victorian life in a truly interdisciplinary way with the option of specialising in a huge range of topics including Victorian writing about women, regional societies and the representation of science in literature

Course Description

The MA in Victorian Studies provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the Victorian period. The Victorian Studies Centre is made up of a number of departments, including History of Art and Film, History, English Local History, Urban History and English. They are able to offer a broad and fascinating range of perspectives on Victorian literature, art and society in the light of modern cultural and literary theories. These perspectives, which may take into account feminist or postmodernist reading of texts, will offer a fresh outlook on familiar (or not so familiar) works.

This course offers you an ideal platform to delve into the areas of Victorian life that interest you the most, offering you greater depth and insight than previous studies. You will also be exposed to both the canonical works and hidden gems of the time, giving you an excellent grounding in this fascinating period of history.

Because you study the Victorian Society module in your first semester, you will be fully equipped with a knowledge of the Victorian era and its influence on the subsequent centuries, whilst becoming familiar with both the major developments and the nuances of the period. This knowledge will be invaluable throughout the rest of your MA in all core and option modules.

The option modules available to you reflect the huge range of our academics' research interests - from 19th-century literature to social history and the history of science. You will be guaranteed to uncover a unique and fascinating aspect of Victorian life whilst doing this MA.

Particular research strengths are in life writing, microhistory (year studies), urban and rural history, and science and medicine in literature.

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Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
English
Contact
Victorian Studies Centre
+44 (0)116 252 2620

englishma@le.ac.uk

Victorian Studies Centre website

Why Leicester?

Our teaching staff are leaders in their disciplines. All of our lecturers publish on their own specialist subjects, meaning that your teaching will be informed by the very latest research.

We are home to the renowned Victorian Studies Centre and to the Medieval Research Centre. We are also a major contributor to American Studies at Leicester.

If you have an interest in creative writing, you can take part in events run by our innovative Centre for New Writing.

There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to hear from celebrated novelists, poets, and playwrights. Recent speakers at the annual Literary Leicester festival include Michael Frayn, Amitav Ghosh, Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self, Colm Tóibín, and Alan Hollinghurst.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

This module is compulsory for all new postgraduates in English at Leicester and in the Victorian Studies Centre. It meets on Wednesday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon in the first semester.

We will study the Victorians by getting as close as we can to their own view of themselves. Our thinking, therefore, will engage with nineteenth-century ideas and feelings. In that sense 'Victorian Society' will resemble a literature module. But we will also endeavour to see those ideas and feelings in their time and place. In that sense 'Victorian Society' will resemble a history module. Throughout, the meaning of ‘Victorian’ will stretch beyond Queen Victoria’s reign. We will be concerned with what historians call ‘the long nineteenth century’ – 1790 to 1914.

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Approaches to Victorian Literature and Culture

The module takes three different approaches to the study of Victorian literature and culture. The first is to look at the oeuvre of a particular author, considering the development of an author’s ideas and literary techniques across their career and examining their writing in different genres. The second is to consider a particular theme in Victorian literature and culture, tracking this concern in writing (and the visual arts) across the entire period, and examining how the theme is dealt with in radically different ways in a variety of genres. The third is to focus on a particular portion of the Victorian age, attempting to understand how literary texts produced in that historical ‘moment’ engaged both with contemporary events and with each other.

  • Dissertation

Students will submit a 15,000-word dissertation by 15 September of the year in which they submit their proposal.

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

The taught element consists of two core modules, one on Approaches to Victorian Literature and Culture, and one on Victorian Society. You will be taught in seminars or tutorial groups.

Assessment

Each core module is assessed by an essay of 5,000 words

Each option module is assessed by an essay of 4,000 words.

For the bibliography module, you will submit a working bibliography of between 25-50 items and give a five minute oral presentation during the last seminar of the module.

You will also submit a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words by 15 September of the year in which the taught course is completed.

Part-time students

Part-time students take the core modules in their first year and the optional modules in their second year.

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a related area (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate).

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Waddington Scholarships 2016

    If you hold an offer of a place on any one of our English MAs by 31st August 2016, you will automatically be considered for the award of a £1000 Waddington Scholarship. We have up to three Waddington Scholarships available in 2016. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and are open to full-time, part-time, Home, European Union and International students. (We reserve the right not to award the scholarships if there is no suitable candidate).

Career Opportunities

A Masters degree in Victorian Studies is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis and presentation skills.

Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, whilst also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.

One popular career choice is teaching English, either in the UK, having completed a PGCE, or abroad, with a TEFL or TESOL qualification. Many of our students go on to careers as journalists on local, national and specialist newspapers and magazines. The fields of publishing, advertising, arts administration, PR, television, the film industry and other media-related jobs are also ideal destinations for English Studies graduates.

Previous graduates have gone on to careers as:

  • archivists
  • civil servants
  • librarians
  • parliamentary researchers
  • social workers
  • IT consultants
  • accountants
  • solicitors or barristers after completing a Law conversion course
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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Victorian Studies MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Victorian Studies MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Victorian Studies
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
Victorian Studies
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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