Taught course

Jane Austen

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second class honours degree in an Arts related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

In the 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, she has gone from being a moderately successful, anonymous writer to a global literary celebrity. Her novels have been read and re-read, and are frequently adapted for stage and for screen. They have provided inspiration for sequels, prequels, mash ups, blogs and video games. Jane Austen’s letters have been pored over for details that may have inspired her characters, and her lively juvenilia has been edited and published by distinguished scholars and presses around the world. There are countless biographies, and a seemingly endless appetite for collections of essays, articles and book length studies of the six novels that are now known across the world.

The MA in Jane Austen is an exciting and innovative programme that will enable you to study Jane Austen's work, her culture, and her reception. In workshops, seminars, guest lectures, and individual meetings with your tutors, you will learn about the historical and literary contexts that made Jane Austen, and chart the way that her popularity has increased in the modern day, impacting the tourist and heritage industries.

The programme combines academic and practical approaches, marrying the study of eighteenth-century culture and a range of modern scholarly approaches to Austen with insights into the heritage industry and literary tourism, and providing you with a broad set of skills. You will be taught by a team of specialists from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton who have published broadly on Austen, and who have experience of working in heritage positions. In addition, you will enjoy a lively programme of relevant events put on by the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and have unique access to the archives at Chawton House, former home of Austen’s brother, and now an internationally-recognised research centre for the study of early women’s writing.

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

IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page.

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

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 6809