MA Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture

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    MA 1 year full-time by distance learning, 2 years part-time by distance learning

Course Description

Victorian society and culture was a contradiction – an era of bold vision and technological wonders entwined with deep social fears and cultural anxieties.

Why do we associate the Victorians with darkness, sin, hypocrisy and monstrosity? Why does the Gothic seem to best encapsulate how we think about and remember the Victorians? These are some of the questions you’ll explore on this course.

This MA explores not just 19th-century Gothic cultures but, more generally, the fears, wonders, and dark imagination of the Victorian era. Through a rich and fascinating range of historical, literary and folkloric texts, themes and approaches, you’ll probe the darker side of the Victorian age.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent, in History, English, or a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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Programme Funding

If you meet our criteria, you could get a £3000 tuition fees discount – visit website for details

Student Destinations

As well as giving you greater expertise in the fields of nineteenth-century history and Victorian Gothic literature, this course also enhances your knowledge and skills in other areas. During this course, you’ll:

  • develop the skillset required to work in the heritage industry, the arts and media
  • develop a strong grounding for pursuing more advanced levels of academic study, including PhDs and careers in academia
  • improve your broader academic skills, such as the ability to analyse, assess, synthesise and evaluate
  • develop your archival and research skills, as well as data analysis and interpretation abilities
  • improve your oral and written communication, time and workload management, and other transferable skills

Module Details


If you study this course over one year, you’ll study the following units:

  • Dissertation – 60 credits
  • Research Project – 30 credits
  • Theory, Skills and Approaches (critical skills and archives module) – 30 credits
  • Victorian Anxieties (content module 1) – 30 credits
  • Victorian Enchantments (content module 2) – 30 credits


If you study this course part-time over two years, you’ll study the following modules:

Year 1

  • Research Project – 30 credits
  • Theory, Skills and Approaches – 30 credits
  • Victorian Anxieties – 30 credits

Year 2

  • Dissertation – 60 credits
  • Victorian Enchantments – 30 credits

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