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Course content

This programme welcomes students to a lively intellectual and cultural scene. You will study with a group of world-class Victorianists whose expertise ranges across many aspects of literature and culture, and you’ll be able to draw on the extraordinary resources of Glasgow’s museums and libraries.

Why this programme

◾Our library has outstanding holdings in Victorian primary and critical sources, and Glasgow has a wonderful Victorian heritage: this makes the city a fantastic place to be studying the period’s literature and culture.
◾We have an international reputation for research and teaching in Victorian literature.

Programme structure

The programme involves taught sessions over two ten-week teaching periods, plus a period of research and writing over the summer. You will study core and optional courses, and undertake supervised study of a specialised topic of your choice, researching and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.

You can choose optional courses from the range of Victorianist subjects; or, with the convenors’ permission, you may select from any MLitt course offered in the College of Arts.

Alongside the core and optional courses, you will take a research training course which will prepare you to work on your dissertation and to prepare a proposal and funding application for PhD work, should you choose to pursue doctoral research.

In conjunction with the core courses we also offer an exciting series of workshops tailored to research on Victorian topics, including tours of Glasgow University’s Special Collections, workshops on electronic resources, and field trips to sites of special interest such as the Murray Collection in the National Library of Scotland, Robert Owens’ New Lanark, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from visiting scholars from the UK, Europe and the United States. In recent years, Victorianist visitors have included John Bowen, Matthew Campbell, Kate Flint, Ann Heilmann, Antonija Primorac, Herbert Tucker and Julian Wolfreys.

The programme is made up of three components:
• Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March.
• Optional courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester.
• A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.

Career prospects

You may develop skills sought by many employers, including: the ability to find, select and manage large quantities of information; confident and persuasive oral and written communication; and problem solving through creative and critical thinking. The programme also provides an excellent platform for PhD studies.

Visit the English Literature: Victorian Literature MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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