University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Jane Austen

Our new MA in Jane Austen is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of Jane Austen's culture, her work, her reception, and the implications of her continuing and increasing popularity in the modern day. You will be taught by a team of specialists from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton and have unique access to the archives at Chawton House, former home of Austen's brother, and now an internationally-recognised research centre for the study of early women's writing. The programme combines academic and practical approaches, marrying the study of Jane Austen's historical and cultural context and a range of modern scholarly approaches to Austen with insights into the heritage industry and literary tourism.

Entry requirements

Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons): First- or upper second class honours degree in an Arts related subject.

Course modules

The MA Jane Austen programme may be studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). It consists of two compulsory core modules Approaches to Jane Austen and Jane Austen and the Heritage Industry the 15,000-word dissertation, as well as a choice of up to four option modules. As a student on the MA Jane Austen, you will also have the opportunity to audit a selection of relevant undergraduate modules to augment your own knowledge.

Assessment methods

The MA in Jane Austen allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history that gave rise to one of the world's most recognised writers. Comprising two core modules and a 15,000 word dissertation, you will also have a choice of up to four option modules. Your personal tutor will help you devise a course of options, subject to availability, to suit your needs and interests. As a student on the Jane Austen MA, you will also have the opportunity to audit a selection of relevant undergraduate modules to augment your own knowledge. You will be taught by leading experts in the field, and you will have access to a number of important heritage sites throughout your degree, including Chawton House. The programme will enable you to explore complex questions about gender and feminism, class politics, nationhood, economy, publishing and book history, translation and adaptation opened up by Austen's work and its interpretations, but it will also teach you about aspects of the heritage industry. You will experience a variety of teaching methods, designed to challenge you intellectually, expose you to new ideas, and develop the transferable skills that will help with career development in the future. You can expect to learn in small seminar groups typical to study at Masters level, but also to enjoy practical workshops and lectures. You will be encouraged to engage in student-led learning, taking control of the direction of discussions. Group work and oral presentations with your peers and one-to-one consultations with staff will also develop your interpersonal skills and individual research skills. Your dissertation will test your skills in academic writing, whilst other assessments will allow you to exercise your creativity.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons) Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Avenue Campus SO17 1BF South East

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