MA English: Victorian Literature
Whether you simply enjoy Victorian literature or are looking to prepare for further research, the Victorian Literature pathway provides a comprehensive training in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Victorian studies at Liverpool has a long history of combining a strong literary focus with a commitment to innovative critical techniques and interdisciplinary study, and the modules examine such varied issues as the relationship of Victorian writers to their Romantic predecessors; the impact of different sub-cultures in the Victorian period (print culture, theatrical culture, scientific culture); the rich variety of poetry and fantasy in the period; and how the Victorians have been received and re-shaped in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Victorian Literature pathway also offers the opportunity for students to go on organised visits to local Victorian heritage sites, and attend informal postgraduate colloquia with like-minded students from other local universities in the stunning surroundings of Gladstone’s Library in North Wales.
Excellent research and teaching
The School of English has an outstanding international reputation for postgraduate teaching and research.
By pursuing your programme with us you'll benefit from strong research-led teaching across a wide syllabus. This will equip you with critical thinking and communication skills that are highly applicable to modern life.
In the latest Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of our research activity was in the highest classes of "world leading" or "internationally excellent", with the remainder being classified as "internationally regarded".
More significantly still, 100% of respondents to our 2010 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey agreed our courses 'met or exceeded expectations'.
Strong postgraduate community
You'll be part of a vibrant community of over 150 taught and research postgraduate students from all over the world.
There'll be regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers, our staff and students, as well as conferences organised by our students that feature participants and speakers from home and abroad.
Recent events have included 'Current Research in Speculative Fiction' (June 2011), and ‘Crossing the Lines: Affinities Before and After 1900’ (January 2010), which attracted AHRC funding.
If you're a doctoral student you can participate in the optional English Graduate Teaching Programme , which will allow you to get the best of the teaching opportunities available, without making significant demands on your time.
Fees cover the cost of your tuition, registration, examinations (but not re-sits) and graduation.
Tuition fees (Home/EU)
The University's tuition fees are normally fixed at yearly intervals and follow Government guidelines on minimum levels. As a guide only, the normal tuition fees for full-time Home/EU postgraduate students will be as follows:
Fee for this course: £5,300
International students are required to pay the full costs of their tuition in the UK with each university setting its own international fees. The University of Liverpool's fees represent excellent value for money for a Russell Group University.
International fee for this course: £12,200
Postgraduate Student Awards
A range of awards, scholarships and bursaries are available for those undertaking postgraduate study at the University.
English offer the Frank Kermode Postgraduate Award for students who have secured a full-time place on one of our MA programmes. Applications are welcomed from overseas and home/EU students (£1,000 to be set against fees).
International Student Fees
The University of Liverpool administers and participates in many scholarship schemes for international students. The majority of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit rather than hardship and students must normally hold an offer of a place on a course before they can apply.
Information on sources of funding can also be obtained by visiting the University web pages or by contacting us directly using the form on this page. Please note that application deadlines may apply to scholarships.
The independence of study, clarity of expression and management of time demanded by all our taught programmes equip the successful graduate with the skills and knowledge base required for further academic study and research in English and other areas. However, many graduates choose to enter careers such as teaching, publishing and journalism, or to work in the business sector, often in Human Resources, administration, marketing or sales.
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