University of York

University of York

Victorian Literature and Culture

This course explores the engagement of nineteenth-century literature with a wide range of political, social and aesthetic issues, its variety of styles and genres, and both contemporary and modern critical perspectives. You will develop an understanding of: the engagement of Victorian literature with a range of political, social and aesthetic issues in the period; the cultural meanings and associations of the variety of styles and genres in which Victorian literature was produced; a range of different critical perspectives about Victorian literature.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained upper 2nd Class Honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: questioning the Victorians - texts contexts and afterlives. Available option modules may include: cultures of life writing; four nations of British poetry: 1848-1939; rebels, riots and religion in the 1840s; strangers to ourselves: dickens and Collins; henry James; representing the city, 1750-1850; desperate romantics? the pre-Raphaelites and their reputation (history of art elective); sculpture, craft and design reform, 1837-1901 (history of art elective).

Assessment methods

Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each; A 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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