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  Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture (Distance Learning) MA

University of Portsmouth    School of Area Studies, Sociology, History, Politics and Literature

Full time & Part time September, January MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time 31 January 2025
History & Archaeology (19) Languages, Literature & Culture (21)

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Unleash your fascination with the enigmatic Victorian era with the "Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture (Distance Learning) MA" programme at the University of Portsmouth. Delve into the depths of 19th-century Gothic cultures and unearth the mysteries of Victorian anxieties and enchantments through a captivating blend of historical, literary, and folkloric texts. With the freedom to explore your own research interests, including Neo-Victorian re-imaginings, you'll embark on a journey of critical thinking and literary analysis guided by expert tutors from the History and English departments. The programme offers access to a plethora of online resources and digitised archival materials, including the renowned Conan Doyle Collection. Enhance your skills in research, analysis, and communication while preparing for careers in academia, heritage, or media. To qualify, you'll need a second-class honours degree or equivalent, along with a passion for unravelling the mysteries of the Victorian age. Join us and unlock the secrets of the Victorian Gothic world.

About the course


Victorian society and culture was a contradiction – an era of bold vision and technological wonders entwined with deep social fears and cultural anxieties.

Why do we associate the Victorians with darkness, sin, hypocrisy and monstrosity? Why does the Gothic seem to best encapsulate how we think about and remember the Victorians? These are some of the questions you'll explore on this course.

This MA explores not just 19th-century Gothic cultures but, more generally, the fears, wonders, and dark imagination of the Victorian era. Through a rich and fascinating range of historical, literary and folkloric texts, themes and approaches, you'll probe the darker side of the Victorian age.

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent, in History, English, or a relevant subject, or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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