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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Modern History (17th To 20th Century) Modern History (17th To 20th Century) (Uk) Social History

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Drawing on Birkbeck's position as a world-leading centre in the field of nineteenth-century studies, our MA Victorian Studies offers you the chance to take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to studying the literature, culture and history of Victorian Britain. You will encounter a compelling range of Victorian texts, contexts, themes and ideas on a degree course that does justice to the energy and variety of the Victorian period.

Two core modules introduce some of the most significant debates, ideas and events of the long nineteenth century, and offer you the chance to develop new critical approaches to Victorian studies. These courses are supplemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests in the field of Victorian studies and beyond. You will be supported with one-to-one supervision for your culminating dissertation.

Students in their final year of study have the chance to take an internship module. Successful interns spend a term working with one of London's Victorian cultural institutions, gaining first-hand experience of working in the cultural sector and using their host institution's archives to develop a unique research project. Previous interns have worked with the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archive, and the Guildhall Art Gallery, and have developed their projects into funded doctoral research topics. Read about one intern’s experience.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Our students develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and to articulate their ideas persuasively. Intellectual rigour, sensitivity in assessing a diverse range of materials, and informed debate are transferable skills relevant to a range of careers.

Many MA Victorian Studies students pursue academic careers, and Birkbeck is proud of the number of Victorian specialists working in the field today - in Britain, Europe and the United States - whose passion for the period was nurtured and developed on the MA.

Modules

Modernising Victorians, the second core module (taken in Year 1 by full-time and Year 2 by part-time students) focuses on the continuities and changes that characterise the second half of the nineteenth century. With 1859 (the year Charles Darwins On the Origin of Species was published) as our starting point we examine the philosophical, scientific, technological and cultural transformations that saw the period of high Victorian optimism give way to the unsettling energies of the fin de sie. We read Darwin and George Eliot, investigate the developing Woman Question, and assess the gathering tensions of empire; we ask how far culture replaced religious faith, and examine ideas of modern living; and we look at socialist hopefulness and fears of decline and degeneration at the centurys end.
Dissertation MA Victorian Studies

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,030

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

16,380

Entry requirements

Normally a second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a relevant subject such as English, history, philosophy or history of art, but a degree in other subjects will be considered, as will other qualifications.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more

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