Taught course

English Literary Studies (Eighteenth Century)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline

Months of entry


Course content

The programme comprises a wide range of topics and approaches, enabling students to practise textual, cultural and theoretical modes of analysis important to advanced research in English and the humanities in general. The dissertation allows you to focus on a single topic. This pathway allows you to specialise in the history and culture of the long eighteenth century through interdisciplinary study encompassing literature, history, philosophy and visual and material culture. You will be introduced to concepts and issues central to current research, and will study the unique collection of early women’s writing at Chawton House Library.

Core modules: Adventures in Literary Research; Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century

Optional modules: Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Unknown Jane Austen; Victorian Readers and the Politics of Print; War, Rebellion and Race in the Early American Republic; English Social and Cultural Life in the Long Eighteenth Century; other relevant MA English or History modules; another Humanities or Winchester School of Art MA module.

Plus dissertation

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062