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.
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.
- The Eighteenth Century: Research Approaches.
Examples of optional modules – literature
- 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
- 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.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
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.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
Dr Madeleine Callaghan
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.