Taught course

English Literary Studies (Nineteenth 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

Explore 19th century English literature in-depth with a master’s degree at the University of Southampton - ranked among the top 100 universities globally (QS World University Rankings, 2023) and 10th in the UK for English (Complete University Guide, 2023).

Our course gives you the opportunity to specialise in the culture and history of the 19th century, covering topics such as: key debates in 19th century studies, the literary marketplace and its cultures, changes to aesthetics and taste during the 19th century, issues of gender, race, class, science and capitalism, material culture and print culture.

This pathway is linked to the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research, where an interdisciplinary group of over 70 staff, student and external researchers debate key issues in 19th century studies. The centre also hosts events including guest speakers, seminars and conferences.

We offer a flexible module structure which is designed to give you an advanced understanding of cultural analysis, textual interpretation and theoretical method.

Information for international students

English Language requirements:

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062