Victorian Studies

PhD, MPhil

The Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester has a distinguished record of innovation and excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching at postgraduate level. Established in 1966 with a generous grant from the Leverhulme Trust, it is the longest established Victorian Studies Centre in Britain.

Staff research expertise are extensive, but are especially strong in literature, art, and local history with interests including:

  • Science and Literature in the 19th Century
  • Victorian Literature, Poetry, and Historiography
  • Victorian Theatre and Visual Culture
  • Victorian Religion

Supervision and research areas

Staff in the Centre are drawn from a number of the University's School/Departments, please see the relevant pages for more advice on specific aspects of Victorian Studies research and staff supervisory interests:

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree with at least First Class or Upper Second-Class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements.

How to apply

Refer to the relevant subject area pages above.

Fees and funding

Refer to the relevant subject area pages above.

PhD description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

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