English Literature

MSc Victorian Literature

The literature of the Victorian era offers an extraordinary range of styles, themes and intellectual ideas. This diverse and dynamic literary field reflects a period which witnessed rapid change in almost every area of existence.

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Writers such as Dickens, Eliot, the Brontë sisters, Stevenson, Tennyson, Browning, and Christina Rossetti used their work to explore new developments in topics that ranged from religion to sexuality, evolution to imperialism, and mass culture to aestheticism.

The MSc by Research in Victorian Literature offers students the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in their chosen field.

We can supervise research in any area of the field, and have particular strengths in social, historical and philosophical approaches to literature, in gender studies, and in the literary culture of the fin de siècle.

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 reflecting and influencing key elements in nineteenth century culture
  • 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 cultural life of the period along with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which it 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 Victorian Literature please contact Dr Jonathan Wild:

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