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English Literature (Victorian pathway) MA

University of Leeds

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Overview

Explore the literature of the Victorian period, when scientific discovery, rapid industrialisation, economic inequality and imperial expansion gave rise to hugely varied literature that put society and human nature under the microscope.

This course allows you to explore literature produced during a time defined by both great progress and enormous inequality and in which many of today’s social norms were established.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with the diverse genres and styles of this time, and to consider how they were influenced by factors such as colonialism and advances in technology.

An independent research project will allow you to focus further on an area of personal interest. Leeds flourished during the Victorian period, making it an inspirational place to study the culture of the time.

All across the city you’ll find iconic period buildings like the Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market and the Victoria Quarter Arcades, while the 19th century City Varieties Music Hall, Grand Theatre and Town Hall remain premier entertainment venues.

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have two-hour weekly seminars in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading, and you’ll be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of research seminars and talks by visiting speakers that we arrange throughout the year. You’ll also benefit from supervisions throughout semester 2 with your dissertation supervisor.

However, independent study is a vital part of the degree as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas.

Assessment

We use different assessment methods, but most of your modules will be assessed by a single 4,000 word essay, which you submit at the end of the semester. Your research project or dissertation is usually between 12,000 and 15,000 words. During the year you may also be expected to give presentations on your reading during seminars, or submit unassessed essays to get feedback on your work.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with a wide range of advanced transferable skills which are valuable in a wide range of careers.

You’ll be a confident researcher who can work independently as well as within a team. You’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, and be able to think critically and analytically. In addition, you’ll have a strong level of cultural and critical awareness, and you’ll be able to look at a situation from different points of view.

All of these qualities are attractive to employers across sectors, and you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a wide range of fields depending on your interests. These could include teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, broadcasting and law. Many of our graduates also progress to PhD-level study and you’ll be in a good position to develop a career in academia.

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University information

University of Leeds

  • University League Table

    16th

  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 106

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    156 76%

    18th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    26th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    71st

    10

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