Victorian Studies (MA)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year full-time or two years part-time


Two evenings a week full-time or one evening a week part-time, October to June

Drawing on Birkbeck's position as a world-leading centre in the field of 19th-century studies, this MA offers you the chance to take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to studying the literature, culture and history of Victorian Britain. 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 19th 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.

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 Dickens House Museum, the Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archive, and the Guildhall Art Gallery, and have developed their projects into funded doctoral research topics.

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    Course structure

    You take two core modules, which will introduce you to different types of primary material and different approaches, and you choose two option modules from a range of topics.

    In the final phase of your studies you research and write a 15,000-word dissertation.

    To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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    Option modules change from year to year - the list here is indicative.

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