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The MA pathway in Nineteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of nineteenth-century British culture which draws on modules in literature, history, music, and print culture and has contributions from cultural historians, literary scholars, and musicologists.

Introducing your degree

The MA pathway in Nineteenth-Century Studies will give you the opportunity to specialise in the culture and history of the nineteenth century. It is taught by world-leading experts in the period who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking in the field; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how nineteenth- century literature and print culture shaped our understanding of education, class, consumerism, sexuality, science, economics, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in areas such as secondary school teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing and roles in the heritage industry.


Our pathway in the Nineteenth Century allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history of the nineteenth century. It is taught by leading experts in the field and has a unique link to the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research .

The MA English Literary Studies (Nineteenth Century) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning class, race, gender, print culture, science, empire, and sexuality; and to evaluate unique publications and archival resources specific to nineteenth-century studies. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature and culture in the long nineteenth century; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of nineteenth-century public culture.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.

Visit the English Literary Studies (Nineteenth Century) - MA page on the University of Southampton website for more details!





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