MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions

Bath Spa University

Study two distinctive genres in this unique and specialist postgraduate course.

The only UK MA programme to integrate the study of both Crime Fiction and Gothic. Interdisciplinary and international in its approach to both genres.

Led by tutors with established international reputations in their respective fields.

*New for 2017, subject to final approval

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory.

The MA is particularly suited to individuals who are interested in developing their critical and research skills in preparation for further study. It can also be pursued as an end in itself if you’re interested in investigating crime writing and gothic at taught postgraduate level.

What you'll learn

You’ll explore the ways crime and Gothic enrich each other, focussing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise for your final dissertation if so desired.

You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres, to ensure you have a good grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres.

The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice.

How will I be assessed?

Modules are formally assessed primarily by essay, with the exception of the Research Methods module, which includes a bibliographical element.

Informal assessment may take the form of diagnostic essays, presentations and other exercises designed to enhance your research and presentation skills. The Dissertation module includes an assessed research proposal. There are no examinations.

Work placements, industry links and internships

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions has close links to two central scholarly bodies, which encourage research across and between the two genres:

  • Captivating Criminality Network
  • International Gothic Association

Placement opportunities may be available during the annual Captivating Criminality Conference, held at Corsham Court, and at International Gothic Association symposia in the UK.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the academic networks associated with your research interests, and these may facilitate further personal development opportunities. For example, you may have the opportunity to act as a student representative, guest-blog or review.

Faculty delivering the programme will make you aware of relevant external links and networks, relating to your work.


Career opportunities for graduates with an MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions include:

  • working in cultural research and education;
  • academic and fictional publishing;
  • genre-related film, TV, and other media;
  • literary journalism;
  • Dark tourism and the Gothic heritage industry.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
12,500 GBP
International students full time. £6,800 UK and EU students full time.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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