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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Languages, Literature & Culture

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £6,995, NON-EU: £12,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

Course content

The MA Crime and Gothic Fictions will introduce you to the advanced study of two popular genres that have entertained and informed culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. You’ll explore the ways crime and Gothic enrich each other, focusing on both equally during the taught element of the MA. We’ll give you the opportunity to specialise in crime or Gothic for your final dissertation, if so desired.

The programme is deliberately international and interdisciplinary. You’ll study an imaginative choice of texts from Britain, Europe and the Americas, as well as investigating cutting-edge research and relevant theory.

You’ll be taught the histories of the two genres, to ensure you have a good contextual grounding, before moving on to consider contemporary and international examples from both genres. The programme will help strengthen your skills in comparison and criticism across genres, while allowing you to specialise in the genre of your choice.


In the first trimester, you'll study Research: Methods, Resources and Dissemination which will account for 30 credits. You'll also study Crime and the Gothic: Pasts and Presents with will account for a further 30 credits.

In the second trimester, you'll have two more modules to study, equating to a further 30 credits each. These will be International Crime and Gothic; and Crime Stories: From Page to Screen.

Finally, in the third trimester you will work on the Dissertation module, equating to a final 60 credits.

Please note modules are subject to change.

For more information about the course structure please refer to our website.


This is a deliberately integrated programme of study; you’ll often work with crime fictions and Gothic texts within the same module. This will develop cross-disciplinary and cross-generic awareness, while still allowing you to specialise in the subjects that interest you most.

Teaching will take place in relatively small seminar groups, and will involve a variety of activities, including tutor-led discussion, small-group activities, individual and group presentations, consideration of non-literary texts, documents and artefacts, and possibly optional field trips to relevant exhibitions, screenings or lectures.


Modules are formally assessed primarily by essay, with the exception of the Research Methods module, which includes a bibliographical element.Informal assessment may take the form of diagnostic essays, presentations and other exercises designed to enhance your research and presentation skills. The Dissertation module includes an assessed research proposal. There are no examinations.


Career opportunities for graduates with an MA in Crime and Gothic Fictions include:

• Working in cultural research and education.

• Academic and fictional publishing.

• Genre-related film, TV, and other media.

• Literary journalism.

• Dark tourism and the Gothic heritage industry.

For information on opportunities, facilities and resources please go to the course webpage.

Visit the MA Crime and Gothic Fictions page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!





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