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.

The course gives you access to a wealth of online resources and digitised archival material relating to Victorian culture and draws on local literary and cultural resources, such as the Conan Doyle Collection (Lancelyn Green Bequest) in Portsmouth’s Central Library. You’ll have the freedom and scope to pursue your own areas of interest and research via an individual research project and 15,000-word dissertation.

Study Details:

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

Module Details:

If you study this course over 1 year, you’ll study the following units:

  • Victorian Anxieties (content module 1)
  • Theory, Skills and Approaches (critical skills and archives module)
  • Victorian Enchantments (content module 2)
  • Independent Project
  • Dissertation

If you study this course part-time over 2 years, you’ll study the following modules:

Year 1

  • Victorian Anxieties
  • Theory, Skills and Approaches
  • Independent Project

Year 2

  • Victorian Enchantments
  • Dissertation

Programme Funding

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

Fees

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Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • A good second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in History, English, or a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, 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.

Selection process

  • Applicants may be subject to interview.

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