University of Leeds

University of Leeds

English Literature (Victorian pathway)

This course provides opportunities for the advanced study of the literature and culture of the period 1832 to 1901; it aims to provide both a stand-alone qualification in the advanced study of literature and a foundation for students wishing to proceed to a PhD in the area of Victorian literary studies.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or its equivalent in English or in a closely related subject; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with no grade below 6.0.

Course modules

Modules are usually research-led and so bear some correspondence to the particular areas of interest of course leaders; the programme comprises a team-taught core module: Reading Victorian literature (history, text and context); students then choose 3 modules from a selection, which currently include: The Brontës; the reading revolution in the Victorian period; imperial masculinities; Henry James' the Wings of the Dove; apprentices to life (Bildungsroman in 19th-century fiction). In addition, students take the research methods module and undertake a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the majority of MA modules is by 4000-word essay submitted at the end of the semester in which it is taught. The research project/dissertation is 12000 to 15000 words. For most seminars you will also be required to submit an unassessed essay and give seminar presentations.

Sponsorship information

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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