Course details

Subject area

Victorian Studies

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year) Part time (2 years)

Course overview

The MA Victorian Studies offers you the chance to explore Victorian life, culture and society, in all their variety and complexity, through studying literature, the arts, and social trends.

The Leeds Trinity MA Victorian Studies is a genuinely interdisciplinary programme, giving you the chance to explore the literature, history, society, thought, arts and culture of the Victorians from a variety of perspectives. Taught courses delivered through evening sessions, give you the chance to gain skills and knowledge that you will then apply in completing a dissertation on a Victorian topic of your choice.

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About this course

This programme will help you to develop 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 have the chance to explore the richness 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 (for example, art, architecture, or music) in greater detail.

You also have the option of enhancing your employability skills – or developing in your profession – by applying your research in a workplace-based project.

The MA Victorian Studies could lead on to a PhD, or to a career in teaching or the heritage industry.


You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

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. The module will introduce you to some fundamental concepts, methods, and vocabulary employed in Victorian Studies. The module is taught in weekly evening-classes, plus a Saturday workshop that will help you develop the research skills needed to study the subject at postgraduate level.

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. Authors on offer include, for example, The Brontës, Oscar Wilde, and Robert Browning. This module is taught in six fortnightly sessions plus a one-to-one tutorial and is assessed in an essay of 6,000 words, addressing a research question you will have developed yourself.

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. This module is taught in six fortnightly sessions plus a one-to-one tutorial and is assessed in an essay of 6,000 words, addressing a research question you will have developed yourself.

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. This module is taught in six fortnightly sessions plus a one-to-one tutorial and is assessed in an essay of 6,000 words, addressing a research question you will have developed yourself.

Professional Development and Practice

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. In addition to the project, the assessment will comprise a critical reflection. This module is taken in place of either Victorian Literature, Victorian Culture or Victorian Society. Ideal for part-time students taking the MA for professional development purposes.


Apply the knowledge and skills you have gained by undertaking your own research and writing a 12,000-word dissertation on a specific aspect of the Victorian period, supervised by an expert in the area.

Course structure: full-time one year

SemesterModuleContact hours

The Victorians


Victorian Literature*

One two-hour evening class per week

A one-off three-hour Saturday workshop

One two-hour evening class per fortnight


Victorian Culture*

Victorian Society*

One two-hour evening class per fortnight

One two-hour evening class per fortnight

Two and Summer Dissertation

One-to-one meetings with your supervisor, arranged at your convenience.

A one-off three-hour Saturday workshop.

All year Professional Development and Practice (this is optional – taken in place of one modules above marked *) Workplace project, as agreed with your employer

Course structure: part-time two year

Year one

SemesterModuleContact hours
One The Victorians

One two-hour evening class per week

A one-off three-hour Saturday workshop


Victorian Culture or Placement


Victorian Society or Placement

One two-hour evening class per fortnight

Year two

SemesterModuleContact hours
One Victorian Literature or Placement One two-hour evening class per fortnight

Victorian Culture or Placement


Victorian Society or Placement

One two-hour evening class per fortnight
Two and Summer Dissertation

One-to-one meetings with your supervisor, arranged at your convenience.

A one-off three-hour Saturday workshop.

Year one or year two

A workplace project (Placement) as agreed with your employer across the year.



Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


The emphasis on this course is on honing your skills as a researcher. For The Victorians, you will hone your skills in analysing written or visual texts by completing a short seen-source analysis; you will then develop skills in synthesis by writing a short research report. After this, the main emphasis is on writing sustained research essays on questions you have devised yourself, guided by expert supervision: Victorian Literature, Victorian Culture and Victorian Society each have an essay of 6,000 words; the Dissertation is 12,000-words.

The exception to this is the Professional Development and Placement module, which is assessed by a practical project, such as the design and delivery of teaching materials, or the design of a museum exhibition, and a reflective report on the project.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

For this course, we normally require a good honours degree with some content relevant to Victorian Studies, e.g. a BA (Hons) in English including modules on 19th-Century Literature or a BA (Hons) in History. However, we also welcome applications from graduates in other disciplines who can demonstrate interest in, and knowledge of, Victorian Studies.

Successful applicants will normally be offered a place on the basis of an application form, supporting letter, referees’ reports and an interview.

Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to a one-to-one interview with the Programme Leader, at a mutually convenient time. 

The interview will take the form of an informal discussion, and will cover the following areas: 

  • You will be asked to demonstrate your interest in the Victorian era, which can be done in a variety of ways: perhaps by discussing history books or literary texts you have read for personal interest; texts or topics you have studied on a course; or heritage sites, art galleries or museums that you have explored.  
  • You will also be asked to talk in depth about one particular example of Victorian culture, society, or literature: again, this may be something you have studied at university, or a passion that you have pursued. 
  • You will also have the chance to find out more about the course and its study patterns, raising any questions or concerns you may have about it.


Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Full time

Part time

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

 If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 31 May 2022. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Thursday 30 June 2022.

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

Why study with us

Leeds Trinity University is renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates.

We’re proud to be known as the University where you’re a name, not a number, thanks to our commitment to ensuring everyone in our community feels supported and valued. Leeds Trinity has always been characterised by this sense of community spirit, offering a truly personal university experience that has enabled students to flourish. We deliver outstanding teaching led by research, scholarship and practice, which has earned us national acclaim for the quality of our teaching. Our teaching staff have extensive professional experience in their fields and many are active researchers, contributing to our increasing reputation for research excellence.


  • You will learn from experts whose research into the Victorian era has earned them international acclaim.
  • We understand that everyone comes to our MA from a different background.
  • Leeds Trinity University is home to the internationally acclaimed research centre, the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS).
  • Studying at Leeds Trinity University gives you a chance to study in Leeds – the city that the Victorians built.
  • We’ve developed partnerships with key museums and galleries that specialise in Victorian literature and history.
  • Because of the international reputation of the LCVS and our lecturers, we’re able to facilitate opportunities for you to get your work published.

An international reputation for Victorian Studies

Leeds Trinity University is home to the internationally acclaimed research centre, the Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS).