Taught course

Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree, or equivalent, in History, English, or a relevant subject, or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Overview

  • Be taught by experts from both the history and English departments at the University of Portsmouth
  • Develop your research skills, critical thinking and literary analysis
  • Work through 2 core content modules, focussed on the cultural tensions between Victorian anxieties (crime, poverty, slums, and degeneration) and Victorian enchantment (stage magic, spiritualism and the occult, the development of Victorian celebrity culture, the struggle of intellect to break from folkloric magic and supernatural superstition in a ‘modern’ age)
  • Use our Library’s wealth of online archival material including London Low Life, Victorian Popular Culture, The Old Bailey Online, The Charles Booth Archive, and the British Library Newspaper Archive
  • Have opportunities to undertake research in the Charles Dickens Collection and Arthur Conan Doyle Collection (Lancelyn Green Bequest), both housed in the Portsmouth Central Library, Portsmouth
  • Get to study any topic of interest within the broad scope of the Victorian Gothic and the history of Victorian culture
  • Be able to base your studies around more recent Neo-Victorian re-imaginings of the nineteenth century in their research projects, exploring areas such as crime or supernatural fictions, or steampunk culture
  • Get to take optional field trips

Careers and Opportunities

As well as giving you greater expertise in the field of Victorian Gothic literature, this course also enhances your knowledge and skill in other areas. During this course, you'll:

  • develop the skillset required to work in the heritage industry, the arts and media
  • develop a strong grounding for pursuing more advanced levels of academic study, including PhDs and careers in academia
  • have the opportunity to gain experience in event organisation, voluntary work, management and promotion, such as for local cultural events, for example, Portsmouth DarkFest
  • improve your broader academic skills, such as the ability to analyse, assess, synthesise and evaluate
  • develop your archival and research skills, as well as data analysis and interpretation abilities
  • improve your oral and written communication, time and workload management, and other transferable skills

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Work experience and Career Planning:

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    flexible
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
02392 845566