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Literature, Culture and Society 1700-1900

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.
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Course description

This exciting interdisciplinary programme examines the key literary and cultural events of the period. You will complete one compulsory core module which introduces you to the central critical debates involved in examining literature from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You will also take optional modules and complete a dissertation.

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Core modules

Interdisciplinary approaches to literature and culture: 1700–1900.

Optional modules

Examples of optional modules may include:

  • Rebels, Heroes, and Reactionaries: Poetry of the Enlightenment and Romantic Periods
  • Love and Lyric
  • I want a hero: Romantic and Victorian Epic
  • Romantic Gothic
  • Murderers and Degenerates
  • Victorian Bodies
  • Confession
  • Foundlings, Fostering and Adoption in Literature of the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Humans, Animals, Monsters and Machines: From Gulliver’s Travels to King Kong.

You may also apply for a work-based module in a relevant gallery or museum.


Teaching takes place through seminars.


You will be assessed by essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.


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

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 honours degree in English literature, language, linguistics, or a related discipline (eg history, philosophy, modern languages).

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding


There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


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

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