MA Eighteenth-Century Studies

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.

The course offers a unique curriculum – half theoretical and half practical. It offers a great opportunity for me to learn the way to incorporate theatre practice into research. The course has introduced a wide variety of contemporary performance that is totally new to me, which has broadened my interest.

Moe ShojI, Postgraduate Student in the School of English

About the course

Course description 2017

Study eighteenth-century literature to develop a broad range of advanced skills. The focus is on the interface between historical and literary approaches, and you’ll be introduced to current academic debates and research methods in the field. Spanning eighteenth century prose and poetry, Romantic poetry, prose, and drama, and Gothic literature, there’s an incredible range to choose between.

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Core module

  • The Eighteenth Century: Research Approaches.

Examples of optional modules – literature

May include:

  • British Poetry in the Long Eighteenth-Century
  • The Rise of the Gothic
  • Poetry and History
  • Fiction and Reality
  • Humans, Animals, Monsters and Machines: from Gulliver’s Travels to King Kong
  • Sex and Death in the Eighteenth Century

Examples of optional modules – history

May include:

  • The Historical Novel
  • Framing the Past: the eighteenth century on film
  • Arguments about Eighteenth-Century Crime
  • Eighteenth-Century British American Colonies
  • Material Life and Culture in the Early Modern World

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through seminars.

You’ll be assessed on your essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English Literature.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Madeleine Callaghan
T: +44 (0)114 222 8461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.