Taught course

English Literature (Victorian pathway)

Institution
University of Leeds · School of English
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in English literature or a related subject.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Explore the literature of the Victorian period, when scientific discovery, rapid industrialisation, economic inequality and imperial expansion gave rise to hugely varied literature that put society and human nature under the microscope.

This course allows you to explore literature produced during a time defined by both great progress and enormous inequality and in which many of today’s social norms were established.

You’ll have the opportunity to engage with the diverse genres and styles of this time, and to consider how they were influenced by factors such as colonialism and advances in technology.

An independent research project will allow you to focus further on an area of personal interest. Leeds flourished during the Victorian period, making it an inspirational place to study the culture of the time.

All across the city you’ll find iconic period buildings like the Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market and the Victoria Quarter Arcades, while the 19th century City Varieties Music Hall, Grand Theatre and Town Hall remain premier entertainment venues.

Specialist resources

The University of Leeds Library is one of the UK's major academic research libraries. It has extensive holdings to support your studies, including English Literature Collections that have been designated of national and international importance.

Our Special Collections offer a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art, including materials relating to Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Bram Stoker and the Brontës.

Information for international students

This course requires an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

There are a number of scholarships available to both UK/EU and international students. Further information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
pgtenglish@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
(+44) (0) 113 343 0277