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English Literature: Victorian Literature MA

University of Liverpool

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


Whether you simply enjoy Victorian literature or are looking to prepare for PhD research in the future, the Victorian Literature MA pathway provides rigorous and comprehensive training in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Taught and studied in perhaps the best-preserved of all Victorian cities, Victorian studies at the University of Liverpool has a long history of combining a strong literary focus with a commitment to innovative critical techniques and interdisciplinary study. On this MA pathway, you will look at topics as diverse as the Victorian supernatural, the way the Victorians imagined the end of the world, the reinvention of the medieval in the Victorian period (the same reinvention that is still embodied in so much of Liverpool’s nineteenth-century architecture), Victorian thinking about murder and serious crime, and what literature in the Victorian period meant to readers at the time, and the wide variety of meanings it might have for us now.

With superb Victorian collections and institutions in easy visiting distance (the Walker and Lady Lever art galleries, Sudley House, Gladstone’s Library, to name only a few), the Victorian MA pathway aims to provide a study of Victorian literature that is thoroughly rooted in writing and ideas, but also in the felt experience and physical reality of the Victorian period.

Career prospects

The independence of study, clarity of expression and skills in time-management demanded by all our taught programmes equip the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge base required for further academic study and research in English and other areas. In recent years, the Victorian MA pathway has an exceptionally strong record of producing successful PhD students, many of whom are now working in the academic field of Victorian studies.

Equipped as they are with high levels of empathy, concentration, and emotional intelligence, many graduates of this pathway also choose to enter careers such as teaching, publishing and journalism, or simply use their Victorian specialism as a distinctive and eye-catching part of their portfolio in applying for a whole range of graduate-level jobs, both on the national and the international stage.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,000per year

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University of Liverpool

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    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    34th out of 106 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    134 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69 69%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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