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This programme gives you the opportunity to gain the skills in research, analysis and synthesis that you will need to progress to a research degree, as well as detailed knowledge of a range of topics within Victorian Studies. You will explore the riches of Victorian literature, considering how it reflected the life of the time, including the opportunity to study selected writers (for example, The Brontës or Oscar Wilde) in depth.

You will examine trends and developments in Victorian social and political history, and you will have the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of Victorian culture in depth.

You also have the option of enhancing your employability skills – or developing in your profession – by applying your research in a workplace-based project. Taking the MA in Victorian Studies could lead on to a PhD, or to a career in teaching or the heritage industry.

Leeds Trinity University courses terms and conditions.

STRUCTURE

FULL TIME

Semester 1: The Victorians (one two-hour evening class per week); Approaches and Methods Part 1: Research Skills (one three-hour workshop, plus online learning); Victorian Literature - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

Semester 2: Approaches and Methods Part 2: Theories (one three-hour workshop, plus online learning); Victorian Culture - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight); Victorian Society - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

All year: Workplace project, as agreed with your employer – option*

Summer: Dissertation - one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, arranged at your convenience

PART TIME

Year 1

Semester 1: The Victorians (one two-hour evening class per week); Approaches and Methods Part 1: Research Skills (one three-hour class, plus online learning); Victorian Literature - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

Semester 2: Approaches and Methods Part 2: Theories (one three-hour evening class, plus online learning); Victorian Culture - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight); Victorian Society - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

Year 2

Semester 1: Victorian Literature - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

Semester 2: Victorian Culture - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight); Victorian Society - option* (one two-hour evening class per fortnight)

All year: Dissertation - one-to-one meetings with your supervisor, arranged at your convenience

Year 1 or 2:

All year: Workplace project, as agreed with your employer – option*

* You will take 2 or 3 of these modules. 

MODULES

The Victorians: This module will examine the social and political history, together with the literature of the Victorian era, by studying a selection of key themes and texts.

Approaches and Methods for Victorian Studies: Part 1 of this module will help you develop the research skills needed to study this subject at postgraduate level. Part 2 will introduce you to a range of theoretical approaches to help you develop skills in argument and analysis. This module is assessed in a portfolio of skills-based exercises and an essay.

Victorian Literature: This module will engage you in gaining a deeper critical appreciation of Victorian literature by exploring the works of a particular author or group of authors. You will hone your skills in critical analysis and close textual reading, and you will learn to place selected works within the social, cultural and literary contexts of the Victorian age.

Victorian Culture: This module will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of Victorian culture by exploring a particular aspect of visual, material or sensory culture, such as art, architecture, theatre or music, honing your skills in reading artefacts, applying cultural theories, and using archives, collections and museums.

Victorian Society: This module will enable you to explore trends and developments across the period, while developing knowledge of a particular trend, e.g. empire, religion, childhood, disability or gender identity.

Each of the above modules is taught in six fortnightly sessions. Each is offered in a 15-credit and 30-credit version. Each is assessed in an essay of 3,000 words (for 15 credits) or 6,000 words (for 30 credits).

Professional Development and Practice module: This module will give you the opportunity to undertake a specific agreed project in the workplace, in which you apply your research and reading on an aspect of Victorian Studies. Ideal for part-time students taking the MA for professional development purposes. This module is for 30 credits. In addition to the workplace project, your assessment tasks will comprise a critical reflection and a blog post.

Dissertation.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by essays ranging from 3,000-6,000 words. The Victorians is assessed by a take-away paper and Approaches and Methods includes a portfolio of research exercises. The final piece of assessment is the dissertation (12,000 words).

STUDENT FINANCE

UK & EU Students:

​Tuition fees cost £6,500 a year for this course in 2019-20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Find out more

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you are eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA tuition fees. Find out more

International Students:

​Tuition fees cost £11,250 for this course in 2018-19. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more​​​.


Visit the MA Victorian Studies page on the Leeds Trinity University website for more details!

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