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Victorian Studies

Postgraduate Certificate;Master of Arts;Postgraduate Diploma

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Victorian Studies

Postgraduate Certificate;Master of Arts;Postgraduate Diploma



    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)
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Course Overview

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

Why study with us

  • 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.
  • Course fees are very competitive, about half the standard cost for most taught Masters degrees.
  • Bursaries are also available.
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Course Information

About this course >

​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.

Further Study

Structure >

*The structure of this course is subject to change for 2018 entry. If you would like more information please email

Core modules

  • The Victorians provides an introduction to Victorian Studies as an interdisciplinary subject, focusing on selected literary texts and historical topics.
  • Approaches and Methods for Victorian Studies introduces you to a range of theoretical approaches and helps you develop skills in research and analysis.

Stage 2: Interdisciplinary exploration

You will develop research skills and interdisciplinary knowledge of the Victorian era by taking the following three modules:

Victorian Words: Texts and Contexts
You will develop skills in textual analysis and applying literary theory, alongside knowledge of a specific writer or group of writers, such as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot or the Brontës. The topic for 2014–15 is Oscar Wilde.

Victorian Senses: Visual, Material, and Sensory Culture
You will develop skills in reading artefacts, applying cultural theories, and using archives, collections and museums, alongside knowledge of a specific development in Victorian culture, such as art, architecture, theatre or music. The topic for 2014–15 is Victorian Music.

Victorian Identities: Social Movements and Meanings
You will explore trends and developments across the period, while developing knowledge of a particular trend, e.g. religion, childhood, disability or gender identity. The topic for 2014–15 is Childhood.

Each of these modules is taught in six fortnightly sessions. Each is offered in a 15-credit and 30-credit version: you must take one of these as a 30-credit module.

Alternatively, you may replace one 15-credit module with a workplace project for the 15-credit Professional Development and Practice module.

Stage 3: Research
Apply the knowledge and skills you have gained by undertaking your own research and writing a 12,000 word dissertation on a specific aspect of the Victorian period, supervised by an expert in the area.​

Learning and Teaching >

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 modules are assessed by essays ranging from 3,000-6,000 words. The Victorians is assessed by a take-away paper and Approaches and Methods includes a portfolio of research exercises. The final piece of assessment is the dissertation (12,000 words).

Entry Requirements >

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​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:
Tuition fees cost £6,500 a year for this course in 2019-20. 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​​​
Additional Costs
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

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