You will encounter a compelling range of Victorian texts, contexts, themes and ideas on a degree course that does justice to the energy and variety of the Victorian period.
Two core modules introduce some of the most significant debates, ideas and events of the long nineteenth century, and offer you the chance to develop new critical approaches to Victorian studies. These compulsory courses are supplemented by a wide range of option modules, which allow you to pursue your own interests in the field of Victorian studies and beyond. You will be supported with one-to-one supervision for your culminating dissertation.
Students in their final year of study have the chance to take an internship module. Successful interns spend a term working with one of London's Victorian cultural institutions, gaining first-hand experience of working in the cultural sector and using their host institution's archives to develop a unique research project.
Previous interns have worked with the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archive, and the Guildhall Art Gallery, and have developed their projects into funded doctoral research topics.
Careers and Employability
The Victorian Studies students at Birkbeck, University of London develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and to articulate their ideas persuasively. Intellectual rigour, sensitivity in assessing a diverse range of materials, and informed debate are transferable skills relevant to a range of careers.
Many MA Victorian Studies students pursue academic careers, and Birkbeck is proud of the number of Victorian specialists working in the field today - in Britain, Europe and the United States - whose passion for the period was nurtured and developed on the MA.
The graduates also pursue careers in the wider education sector, in publishing and editing, the creative arts, in library and archive work, in arts administration, journalism and writing-based careers.
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- Modernising Victorians
- Progress and Anxiety, 1789-1859
- Colonialism and Modernity
- Death in Victorian Culture
- Modernising Victorians
- The Book Unbound
- The Victorian Fin De Siecle
- The Victorian Supernatural
- Victorian Emotions
- Victorian Literature and Disability
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesHistory Modern History View 556 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
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- Normally a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject such as English, history, philosophy or history of art, but a degree in other subjects will be considered, as will other qualifications.
- Prior to interview, you will need to submit a short piece of written work (up to 500 words) on any Victorian topic.
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International15200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 15200 GBP per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA8350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8350 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.