Taught course

English: Victorian Literature

University of Liverpool · School of English

Entry requirements

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see www.liv.ac.uk/international for English Language requirements specific to your country. If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; www.liv.ac.uk/english-language-centre/pre-sessional-eap. If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at www.liverpool.ac.uk/english-language-centre. For entry to our Masters programmes a good 2:1 class Bachelors degree in English studies or a similar subject is required. We would also request a 2,000-3,000 word sample of your writing (usually an undergraduate essay) to be submitted alongside the documentation identified in the Applying tab as part of your application for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA in Victorian Literature was one of the first to be established on the period in the UK and concentrates on close analysis of a broad range of literary texts from the period.

The programme has a great deal to offer, whether you simply enjoy Victorian literature or want to prepare for further study. Teaching is usually in small groups, in informal surroundings.

Victorian Studies at Liverpool has a long history of combining a strong literary focus with a commitment to innovative critical techniques and interdisciplinary study. This is reflected in the courses offered on the MA, which offer a programme examining such varied issues such as the relationship of Victorian writers to their Romantic predecessors; the impact of different sub-cultures in the Victorian period (print culture, scientific culture, theatrical culture, decadent culture); the relationship between the individual and society; and how the Victorians have been received and re-shaped in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Your studies will be greatly enhanced by the fact that we run the Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies in Wales and the North West of England in partnership with other local universities and with Gladstone's Library. There is the opportunity for some MA students to attend weekend discussion colloquia at the Library and chat to academics and postgraduates in Victorian studies from across the North West in an informal and convivial setting, and as part of the MA course all students undertake a research project at the Library, developing their own archival skills in one of the country's most valuable and stimulating Victorian collections.

We welcome postgraduate applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experience.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927