The MA in Victorian Studies provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of the Victorian period. The Victorian Studies Centre draws on a number of research areas, including History of Art and Film, History, English Local History, Urban History and English. They are able to offer a broad and fascinating range of perspectives on Victorian literature, art and society in the light of modern cultural and literary theories. These perspectives, which may take into account feminist or postmodernist reading of texts, will offer a fresh outlook on familiar (or not so familiar) works.

Study Details:

MA/PG Dip 1 year FT, 2 years PT

Module Details:


  • Research Methods and Writing Skills
  • Approches to Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Society

Plus your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Evolution and Entropy: Changing Representations of the Sciences in Victorian Literature
  • Victorian Lives: Life-Writing in the Victorian Period
  • Women in Literature, Culture, and Society, 1850-1900
  • The Brontës
  • Dickens and the 1840s

Student Destinations

A Masters degree in Victorian Studies is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. As well as deepening your knowledge in your chosen areas, you will also develop transferable skills, such as research, analysis, and presentation skills.

Completing an MA can be the first step in an academic career in Higher or Further Education, whilst also enhancing your career options outside the field of academia.

One popular career choice is teaching English, either in the UK (having completed a PGCE) or abroad (with a TEFL or TESOL qualification). Many of our students go on to careers as journalists on local, national and specialist newspapers and magazines. The fields of publishing, advertising, arts administration, PR, television, the film industry and other media-related jobs are also ideal destinations for English Studies graduates.

Previous graduates have gone on to careers as:

  • archivists
  • civil servants
  • librarians
  • parliamentary researchers
  • social workers
  • IT consultants
  • accountants
  • solicitors or barristers after completing a Law conversion course


UK and EU MA: £8,190 International Students MA: £16,825

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in a related area (or equivalent).

You will be asked to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining why you have chosen this course.

Where appropriate, you may be asked to submit an essay as part of our admissions process. We will contact you if this is the case.

Please see our website for how to apply

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