English Literature

MSc Romanticism

The writing and thought of the Romantic period has long been central to the study of modern literatures in English, and recent developments in literary theory have underlined the continuing importance of changing conceptions and practices of literature and philosophy in this period.

Painting of Loch Coruisk

Whether your interests lie in major figures such as Wordsworth, Scott or Mary Shelley, or more neglected writers such as Joanna Baillie; or in the relationship between literature and philosophy, or literature and society, the MSc by Research in Romanticism offers students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in their chosen field of Romantic Studies.

We can supervise research in any area of the field, and have particular strengths in philosophical approaches to romantic literature, in Irish and Scottish romanticism, and in the eighteenth century background to romantic literature.

Option courses

Please note that your choice of options depends on availability and will be decided in consultation with your supervisor.

Learning outcomes

Students should:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the roles played by various forms of writing in British and (more broadly) European Romanticism
  • deepen their knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research
  • develop a familiarity with the variety of materials that can be used to explore the theoretical, philosophical, stylistic, and historical questions raised by studying literature of the Romantic period, along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which the period has been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present
  • gain a grasp of the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural analysis, equipping them with experience of creating original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level


To discuss possible topics and areas for the MSc by Research in Romanticism please contact Dr Tim Milnes:

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