MA Nineteenth-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

This interdisciplinary course will give you a firm grounding in nineteenth-century British and European culture. You’ll complete one core module that will introduce you to key concepts by examining literary, artistic or historical texts. You’ll also take optional modules and complete a dissertation.

Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature

Core module

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nineteenth- Century Studies.

Examples of optional modules – literature

May include:

  • The Rise of The Gothic
  • Fiction and Reality
  • Poetry and History
  • Language and Literature in the Workplace
  • Study of Texts
  • Murderers and Degenerates: contextualising the fin-de- siècle Gothic
  • Humans, Animals, Monsters and Machines: from Gulliver’s Travels to King Kong.
  • You can also take School of English research methodology seminars

Examples of optional modules – other departments

May include:

  • The Fin-de-Siècle
  • Nineteenth-Century German Literature
  • The Scramble for Africa
  • Jacksonian America 1828–1846

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through seminars. You’ll be assessed on your essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Modern languages modules

In addition to your course modules you can take optional 15-credit modules in the Modern Languages Teaching Centre in Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Assessment of these modules ties your language learning to your research interests.

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.

Entry requirements for international studentss

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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.