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English Literature: Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian MSc

English Literature: Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian MSc

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Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

History Of Philosophy Nineteenth Century English Literature Social History

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Course Summary

This masters programme is a fascinating exploration of the ways in which writing in English has shaped or mediated political identities in England, Scotland and Ireland.

It introduces you to the relationship between literary writing and political and social discourse in Britain and Ireland between the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 and the end of the 19th century. This is the period of the creation of the Britain in which we live today, and also the time in which ancient British, Scottish and Irish national cultures were conceptualised as a response to radical literary, social and political innovations.

In examining the role of literary writing in this period, you will evaluate the ways in which it changed in response to social and political developments.

Career opportunities

This programme will help you to identify possible topics for advanced research in English literature, potentially leading to an academic career. The transferable skills you gain, such as communication, project management and analysis, will give you an edge in a competitive employment market.


Enlightenment and Romanticism 1688 - 1815 (20 Credits) - Core
Research Methods and Problems in English Literature (20 Credits) - Core
Romanticism and Victorian Society 1815-1900 (20 Credits) - Core
MSc Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Research Skills and Methods (20 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in English literature or a relevant discipline.