MA Nineteenth Century Studies is designed to provide a methodologically informed study of 19th Century sources, including texts, objects and images. You will have the opportunity to make use of the historical resources available in the city of Lincoln, including the literary manuscripts and extensive archive materials in the Tennyson archive at the Tennyson Research Centre.
You will have the chance to advance your knowledge of this historically significant period through themed modules which combine literature, history, visual and material culture, museum studies, religious studies, science history and book history.
As well as producing essays and presentations, you will have the opportunity to develop industry-relevant skills through projects, such as interpreting and documenting archives.
How You Study
Most teaching takes the form of two-hour seminars. All modules are taught by a team of academics according to their specialist interests. Tutorials will be given to guide you in your individual projects. There will be workshop-style sessions in the Tennyson Research Centre, and some field trips.
You undertake two core modules, two optional modules, and a dissertation. The first core module provides an introduction to interdisciplinary study through a focus on the life, work and reputation of the poet Alfred Tennyson.
The second core module gives you the chance to develop a broad sense of the nineteenth-century context, through a study of some of the key developments of the era (cultural, political, social etc).
Two options can then be chosen from modules built around staff research interests, such as the city, the natural world, transatlantic relations, the legacies of Romanticism, life writing, and the history of the book.
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to pursue your own research interests, choosing a focused topic and relevant disciplinary methodology with the guidance of a tutor.
Certificate, Diploma, and Master's level qualifications can be awarded at different exit points of the programme.
How You Are Assessed
The majority of assessment is through written projects, which are essays on topics of the student's choice, guided by a tutor. These essays vary from 1,500-5,000 words. Some modules require presentations. The MA also entails a 15,000-word dissertation.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
- Nineteenth Century Research Group
Students are encouraged to join the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Research Group where they have the opportunity to engage with research by academics and research postgraduates in the field of nineteenth-century studies.
This programme also provides you with the opportunity to take part in study visits to local and national archives, museums and art galleries.
The School will contribute to students' expenses on trips, where funds permit, but otherwise, the cost of trips will be covered by students. Please note that all trips are optional.
First or upper second class honors degree in a relevant subject.
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