The MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Studies enhances students' knowledge and thinking about Romanticism and Victorian literature through the study of literary culture from the 1790s to 1900. By exploring a range of literary genres, students will gain knowledge of the phases of literary production and reception, and of relevant cultural and historical contexts.
The MLitt in Romantic and Victorian Studies is an intensive one-year taught programme run by the School of English. The course considers texts and topics from across the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Develop your skills as a researcher within a specific area of study by taking special topic modules.
- Study Romantic and Victorian literature in relation to a diverse range of ideologies, including discourses of revolution and reform, debates about gender, and aestheticism.
- Strengthen your knowledge of the historical, cultural, and critical contexts of 19th-century literature.
- Acquire experience of independent research through work on a postgraduate dissertation.
Taught modules consist of weekly seminars and group discussions with class sizes ranging from three to ten students. Modules are assessed through coursework essays. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary.
During the course of the year, but particularly during the last four months, students will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choosing.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- Life, Text, Afterlife: explores the phases of literary and cultural production and reception, from the lives of authors and cultural figures, through the conditions of publication of their writing and the challenges of presenting modern editions of their works, through to their reception in later works of literature.
- Literary History, Politics, Culture: explores the interaction of literature and its various historical, philosophical, cultural and political contexts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- Literary Research: Skills and Resources: trains students in the understanding and use of the essential skills and resources of research in English studies; it also provides preparation for the MLitt dissertation.
Students will choose one optional module out of the following three choices:
- Special Topic in English: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
- a compulsory module from another English MLitt.
- an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (arranged independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies).
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Graduates of the course go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, marketing, publishing and teaching.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject-related area.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- Supplementary application to School of English (Word),
- a sample of academic writing on a Romantic or Victorian topic (approximately 2,000 words),
- two original signed academic references,
- academic transcripts and degree certificates,
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
All School of English study applicants will be given access to the My Application portal. The scholarships and funding area of the portal includes an online catalogue through which you can apply for available relevant awards.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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