Taught course

Jane Austen

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

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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.On this unique MA, the first of its kind in the world, you will discover why.

You will have unique access to literary archives at Chawton House; the former home of Jane Austen's brother, and now an internationally-recognised research centre for the study of early women's writing. You'll study Austen's work, her culture, and her reception, and match the hisorical and cultural contexts with modern scholarly approaches to reveal insights into literary tourism and the heritage industry.

The MA in Jane Austen allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history that gave rise to one of the world’s most recognised writers. Comprising two core modules and a 15,000 word dissertation, you will also have a choice of up to four option modules. Your personal tutor will help you devise a course of options, subject to availability, to suit your needs and interests. As a student on the Jane Austen MA, you will also have the opportunity to audit a selection of relevant undergraduate modules to augment your own knowledge. You will be taught by leading experts in the field, and you will have access to a number of important heritage sites throughout your degree, including Chawton House. The programme will enable you to explore complex questions about gender and feminism, class politics, nationhood, economy, publishing and book history, translation and adaptation opened up by Austen’s work and its interpretations, but it will also teach you about aspects of the heritage industry.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods, designed to challenge you intellectually, expose you to new ideas, and develop the transferable skills that will help with career development in the future. You can expect to learn in small seminar groups typical to study at Masters level, but also to enjoy practical workshops and lectures. You will be encouraged to engage in student-led learning, taking control of the direction of discussions. Group work and oral presentations with your peers and one-to-one consultations with staff will also develop your interpersonal skills and individual research skills. Your dissertation will test your skills in academic writing, whilst other assessments will allow you to exercise your creativity.

See our website for a full list of compulsary and optional modules: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/taught_courses/q322ma-jane-austen.page#modules

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

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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