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The MA in Victorian Studies offers postgraduate students a uniquely flexible, wide ranging and affordable opportunity to study the Victorian period.

Course Benefits

  • Full or part time study: the MA is a modular degree designed to be taken at your own pace, between one and three years.
  • Sessions are held in the evening, so that part time study can be combined with full time employment.
  • Wide range of subjects: in addition to two broad-ranging compulsory core modules, you will have a wide range of option modules to choose from and a chance to undertake supervised research as part of your degree.
  • You will undertake a 12,000 word dissertation on a Victorian topic of your choice.
  • Choice of MA, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate: study for shorter periods of time, taking fewer modules, and take the Postgraduate Diploma or the Postgraduate Certificate instead of the MA Pay as you learn: the cost of the MA is phased so you can pay module by module.
  • Bursaries are also available.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

​It is closely linked with the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies which is based at Leeds Trinity University and involves other universities in the UK and beyond, in a programme of seminars, colloquia and conferences.

The Centre is also the base for The Journal of Victorian Culture, which is published in conjunction with Taylor & Francis.

​Part time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​



Most of the assessments you will take on the MA are in the form of assessed essays.

However, VIC 7003 The Victorians is assessed by a take-away paper that will help you develop skills in applying your knowledge and understanding of concepts, by responding to questions and textual extracts in a time-limited exercise. VIC 7013 Approaches and Methods for Victorian Studies includes a portfolio of skills-based exercises.

The general use of 3,000-word essays for 15-credit modules and 6,000-word essays for 30-credit modules your development of high-level essay-writing skills. The 30-credit module additionally requires you to present a piece extended piece drawing on a wider range of examples or sources, and thus provides a useful bridge to the demands of the dissertation.

The Professional Development and Practice module (VIC 7093) allows you to exercise independence by undertaking a work-based project in which you can apply knowledge and understanding developed on the MA.  The project, the blog-post and the reflective report are geared towards developing your ability to transfer their knowledge and skills into workplace-based practice.

The Dissertation (VIC 7076), requires the production of a substantial thesis of 12,000 words. Completion of the dissertation will enable you to demonstrate your ability to present a substantial piece of sustained scholarly writing which makes an independent contribution to its chosen field.  It gives you transferable skills that could be used in any workplace environment that requires investigation and presenting information, as well as the obvious route of progression into a PhD.

A good honours degree in a related discipline

For this course you require a good honours degree in a discipline relating to the broad area of Victorian Studies, or with some relevant content.

Successful applicants will usually be offered a place on the basis of an application form, supporting letter, referees' reports and an interview. If English is not your first language IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​

UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £6,500 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more
International Students:
Tuition fees cost £11,250 for this course in 2018-19. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Rosemary Mitchell

​​​​I'm a cultural historian who focuses on Victorian historical cultures - everything from the Victorian history textbook to Gothic Revival architecture! 

I teach MA students on one of the core modules, The Victorians, introducing them to Victorian political and social history, and I also often teach art and architectural history on the module, Victorian Senses. 

It's enormous fun to work with small groups of lively students with a passion for the Victorian period.


Academic staff profiles

Our MA Victorian Studies course is designed to introduce you to a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways of studying the Victorian era, a paradoxical period which lays the foundations of our modern lives and world. 
You may find yourself doing anything and everything from reading a Bronte novel, studying an article from The Leeds Mercury, playing with a stereoscope, viewing a Pre-Raphaelite painting, or visiting a Victorian railway station or town hall.

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In my discipline, the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is a centre of excellence with an international reputation, the calibre of its staff, who are all active researchers are very committed to their students

Dr Shelagh Ward

MA Victorian Studies

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

Graduates have gone on to further study: PhD and PGCE. Some of our part time students take the MA for professional development purposes such as teachers or curators. ​

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