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Course Content

Course content

This programme welcomes you to a lively intellectual and cultural scene, at a university ranked in the world’s top 50 for English Literature (QS World University Rankings 2017). You will study with world-class experts in Victorian literature whose interests range across many aspects of literature and culture. You’ll be able to draw on the extraordinary resources of Glasgow’s museums and libraries and have the opportunity to meet with visiting scholars from around the UK, Europe and the United States.

Why this programme

  • At the height of the nineteenth century, during the two Great Exhibitions of 1881 and 1901 in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow was often called the ‘Second City of the Empire’. This M.Litt. offers a chance to come and study Victorian literature in this impressive historical city with its fantastic heritage.
  • You will be taught by a team of highly qualified researchers and lecturers with an international reputation for research and teaching in Victorian literature.
  • You will benefit from direct access to our outstanding holdings of Victorian primary and critical sources within the Special Collections of the University Library and the Hunterian Gallery and Museum.
  • We 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 Owen’s New Lanark, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

You’ll also write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Victorian 1: Writing the Times
  • Research Training Course
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Victorian 2: Writers, Readers, Publishers
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Find out more about core and optional courses.

Part-time students: programme structure

Teaching methods

Teaching will be by a combination of 90-minute seminars for the core and option courses and 45-minute supervisions for the dissertation. You will also be given the opportunity to attend relevant lectures in the undergraduate programme, particularly where your first degree has not given you a wide background in Victorian literature. There may be occasional workshops on humanities computing in the STELLA laboratory. The teaching sessions will be designed throughout to maximise student involvement, and there will be a range of opportunities for informal contact among staff and students outside teaching hours.

Career prospects

You’ll develop a wide range of skills sought by many employers, including:

  • the ability to find, select and manage large quantities of information 
  • confident and persuasive oral and written communication
  • 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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