Description

Drawing on Birkbeck’s position as a world-leading centre in the field of nineteenth-century studies, this MA offers you the chance to take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to studying the literature, culture and history of Victorian Britain. You will encounter a compelling range of Victorian texts, contexts, themes and ideas on a degree course that does justice to the energy and variety of the Victorian period.

Two core modules introduce some of the most significant debates, ideas and events of the long nineteenth century, and offer you the chance to develop new critical approaches to Victorian studies. These compulsory courses are supplemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests in the field of Victorian studies and beyond. You will be supported with one-to-one supervision for your culminating dissertation.

Students in their final year of study have the chance to take an internship module. Successful interns spend a term working with one of London’s Victorian cultural institutions, gaining first-hand experience of working in the cultural sector and using their host institution’s archives to develop a unique research project. Previous interns have worked with the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archive, and the Guildhall Art Gallery, and have developed their projects into funded doctoral research topics

Study Details:

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

Module Details:

CORE MODULES

  • Modernising Victorians
  • Progress and Anxiety, 1789-1859

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Colonialism and Modernity
  • Death in Victorian Culture
  • Modernising Victorians
  • The Book Unbound
  • The Victorian Fin De Siecle
  • The Victorian Supernatural
  • Victorian Emotions
  • Victorian Literature and Disability
  • Victorian London: Literature, Culture and the Urban Experience

Student Destinations

Our students develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and to articulate their ideas persuasively. Intellectual rigour, sensitivity in assessing a diverse range of materials, and informed debate are transferable skills relevant to a range of careers.

Many MA Victorian Studies students pursue academic careers, and Birkbeck is proud of the number of Victorian specialists working in the field today – in Britain, Europe and the United States – whose passion for the period was nurtured and developed on the MA.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

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