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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

Study the Victorians in the city they built. The MA in Victorian Studies offers you the chance to explore Victorian life, culture and society in all their variety and complexity, through studying literature, the arts, and social trends.

Based in the Victorian city of Leeds, you will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork amidst the rich architecture of the city centre, in art-galleries, museums, industrial sites, and archives. Taught courses (offered as evening classes) give you chance to gain skills and knowledge that you will then apply in completing a dissertation on a Victorian topic of your choice.

Why study with us

Enrich your studies by drawing on the vast Victorian heritage of Leeds, including opportunities for fieldwork in art-galleries, museums and archives.

Study within the vibrant research network of the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies, with opportunities to meet scholars and researchers with national and international reputations.

Study flexibly, taking modules over 1-2 years, taught in evening classes to suit your lifestyle.

Develop the skills needed to start a PhD or PGCE, or for a career in the heritage sector.

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Course Information

About this course >

This programme gives you the opportunity to gain the skills in research, analysis and synthesis that you will need to progress to a research degree, as well as detailed knowledge of a range of topics within Victorian Studies.

You will explore the riches of Victorian literature, considering how it reflected the life of the time, including the opportunity to study selected writers (for example, the Brontës or Oscar Wilde) in depth.

You will examine trends and developments in Victorian social and political history, and you will have the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Victorian culture (for example, art, architecture, or music) in depth. You also have the option of enhancing your employability skills – or developing in your profession – by applying your research in a workplace-based project.

Taking the MA in Victorian Studies could lead on to a PhD, or to a career in teaching or the heritage industry.

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Further Study

Structure >

Core modules

The Victorians

This module will examine the social and political history, together with the literature of the Victorian era, by studying a selection of key themes and texts. The module will introduce you to some fundamental concepts, methods, and vocabulary employed in Victorian Studies.

Approaches and Methods for Victorian Studies

This module will help you develop the research skills needed to study this subject at postgraduate level. It will also introduce you to a range of theoretical approaches to help you develop skills in argument and analysis

Option modules

Victorian Literature

This module will engage you in gaining a deeper critical appreciation of Victorian literature by exploring the works of a particular author or group of authors. You will hone your skills in critical analysis and close textual reading, and you will learn to place selected works within the social, cultural and literary contexts of the Victorian age. Authors on offer include, for example, The Brontës, Oscar Wilde, and Robert Browning.

Victorian Culture

This module will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of Victorian culture by exploring a particular aspect of visual, material or sensory culture, such as art, architecture, theatre or music, honing your skills in reading artefacts, applying cultural theories, and using archives, collections and museums.

Victorian Society

This module will enable you to explore trends and developments across the period, while developing knowledge of a particular trend, e.g. empire, religion, childhood, disability or gender identity.

Each of the above modules is taught in six fortnightly sessions. Each is offered in a 15-credit and 30-credit version.

Professional Development and Practice module

This module will give you the opportunity to undertake a specific agreed project in the workplace, in which you apply your research and reading on an aspect of Victorian Studies. Ideal for part-time students taking the MA for professional development purposes. This module is for 30 credits.


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, we normally require a good honours degree with some content relevant to Victorian Studies, such as a BA in English including modules on 19th Century Literature. However, we also welcome applications from graduates in other disciplines who can demonstrate interest in, and knowledge of, Victorian Studies.

Successful applicants will normally be offered a place on the basis of an application form, supporting letter, referees' reports and an interview, or participation in the Victorian Studies Summer School (for 15 credits).

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.

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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

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course, 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.

*This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015

Graduate Destinations

Our Victorian Studies graduates have gone on to successfully complete a PhD or a PGCE course. Part-time students in employment e.g. as teachers or curators have taken the MA part-time for professional development purposes. Other students have enjoyed the programme for interest, for their personal development and enrichment.

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