This pathway of the MA in Literary Studies aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the literature of nineteenth-century Britain and its relationship to a wide variety of cultural, intellectual, geographic and historical contexts.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Romantic and Victorian Literature pathway at Goldsmiths?

  • You’ll compare key literary texts from the Romantic and Victorian periods, looking at how they relate. These are exciting periods of literature, full of radicalism and revolutionary change. Both periods saw the development of new forms of literature and the adaptation of established genres.
  • We’ll help you understand the impact of a wide range of cultural, intellectual, geographic and historical contexts on 19th-century literary culture. You’ll be looking at topics as diverse as scientific discoveries, philosophy and religion and how they impacted writers at the time.
  • We won’t just look at texts. We’ll be drawing on film and art to help our studies.
  • The flexible structure of the MA offers you the opportunity to pursue your wider interests by studying three options from the large provision of the department.
  • You’ll be able to further develop your interest in Romantic and Victorian literature and culture through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core Module

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms 30 credits

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Student Destinations

Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8040 Home/EU - part-time: £4020 International - full-time: £15500

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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