Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Romantic Studies

The Romantic era is one of political, social and aesthetic revolutions. Competing accounts of the imagination and the free play of the faculties attempted to shape the unpredictable domain of sense impressions associated with new cultural forms, experiences and publics. Literature as a distinct form of expressive writing coexisted with the rise of the museum, the gallery, the zoo, consumer culture, retail outlets and forms of collecting. This programme draws on Romantic notions of spectatorship, sympathy and emotion to think about, and formally analyse, Romantic literature and other kinds of writing, cultural objects and practices. Drawing on unique archival resources and museums in central London, you will gain skills in archival and historical research through close encounters with Romantic objects across a wide range of cultural forms.The programme offers you the opportunity to think about the local, national, transnational and global circuits of Romantic culture.

Entry requirements

Good second-class degree in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules and 2 option modules, which change from year to year, and may include an internship at a London arts/heritage institution. You also complete a dissertation. Core modules: Romantic feelings; progress and anxiety 1789-1859. Option modules (choose 1): Colonialism and modernity; cultures of sensibility; Romantic science; the book unbound; the uncanny; Romantic objects.

Sponsorship information

Applicants with a strong academic background may apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council awards (UK and EU-based applicants only); the School of Arts also offers a small number of bursaries; part-time students in their second year who are experiencing hardship may apply to the College for financial assistance.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 5,375 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time evening £ 3,825 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening £ 1,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time evening £ 1,975 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Full-time £ 1,975 per Whole course (home fees) 3 months
PgDip Full-time £ 2,975 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 2,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening £ 2,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of English and Humanities
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8376