Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have a strong first degree in a related subjected. We’re looking for students who appreciate the complexity and challenging nature of so-called popular texts and genres.

We value interdisciplinarity and an awareness of the international nature of both crime fiction and the Gothic. An ability to appreciate the contemporary, as well as historical, implication of both genres is an important trait we look for in candidates. For more information please contact our admissions team or telephone 01225 876180.

Months of entry


Course content

  • The only UK MA programme to integrate the study of both Crime Fiction and Gothic.
  • Interdisciplinary and international in its approach to both genres.
  • Led by tutors with established international reputations in their respective fields.
The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. You’ll explore the ways crime and gothic enrich each other, focussing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise for your final dissertation, if so desired.
The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory.
You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres, to ensure you have a good grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres. The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres, while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice.
Career opportunities for graduates with an MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions include working in cultural research and education; academic and fictional publishing; genre-related film, TV, and other media; literary journalism; dark tourism and the Gothic heritage industry.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Fiona Peters
01225 876180