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Victorian Studies (MA)

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  • Objectives
    This degree is ideal if you want to pursue an interest in the literature, culture and history of nineteenth-century Britain, or study in preparation for a research degree. Two academic Schools at Birkbeck currently contribute to the MA: English and Humanities; and History, Classics and Archaeology. You will be encouraged to raise questions across traditional disciplinary boundaries; all course tutors are committed to an interdisciplinary approach. MA Victorian Studies graduates have an impressive record in competing for AHRC awards for research degrees.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Flexible: good degree in any subject, although other qualifications may be considered. Prior to interview, you will need to submit a short piece of written work (up to 500 words) on any Victorian topic. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is required.
  • Academic Title
    Victorian Studies (MA)
  • Course description
    The core courses will introduce you to different types of primary material and different approaches.

    -Core course 1: Progress and Anxiety.
    -Core course 2: Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars: Faith, Doubt and Disbelief.
    -You will also choose two study options from a range of topics. Typical options include:

    -Victorians and Gender
    -Sex, Gender and the City
    -Writing and Radicalism 1830–1900
    -Dickens
    -Victorian Poetry
    -The Victorian Fin-de-Siècle
    -Crime and Society in Victorian England
    -Victorian Art
    -Victorian Cultures of Death
    -The Victorians and the Romantics
    -The Victorian Supernatural
    -William Morris – Artist, Writer, Socialist.

    Dissertation: in the final phase of your studies you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation.

    Teaching
    The core courses consist of lectures, seminars and workshops. Options are taught in seminar groups. For your dissertation, you will be allocated a personal supervisor.

    Assessment
    Assessment is by coursework essays and a dissertation: one piece of work for each of the two core courses, a 5000-word essay for each of the two options and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

    When to apply
    -You should apply as early as possible.
    -Interviews from January onwards.

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