Our successful programme is currently the only Victorian literature Masters in Scotland, and we welcome applicants from across the UK and abroad. This programme is designed to give you a wide-ranging knowledge of Victorian literature and literary history, introducing you to the period or building on any previous experience of it you may have. You will also gain specialist knowledge of selected areas of Victorian literature and of nineteenth-century and modern criticism of Victorian literature, as well as experience of relevant theoretical approaches. It is also designed to help you develop research, writing and professional skills which will be transferrable to doctoral study or employment. As part of the course you will formulate and carry out a substantial piece of research on a topic, author or theme of your own choosing within the period.
The English Literature subject area at the University of Glasgow is a friendly, informal place in which to study for a Master's degree. Staff are approachable and enthusiastic and with around a hundred postgraduate students, there is a thriving and welcoming research culture. Fortnightly seminars bring visiting speakers from the UK, Europe and the United States to give talks on their research and to meet students. In recent years, Victorianist speakers have included Julian Wolfreys, Matthew Campbell, Kate Flint, Rebecca Stott, John Bowen, Ann Heilmann, Matthew Bevis, Cairns Craig, Mike Sanders, Herbert Tucker, Richard Kirkland, Peter Buse and Adam Roberts. Postgraduates organise many events through the year, including conferences, seminar series and social events.
Glasgow has a wonderful Victorian heritage and this makes the city a fantastic place to be studying the period’s literature and culture. The University has a world-class collection of paintings by the Victorian painter, James Whistler, and the Hunterian and Anatomy Museums offer some of best examples of Victorian-style museum displays in the UK. We will be able to offer you the opportunity for group visits to some of the most striking Victorian features that Glasgow has to offer. Here are some of the places you might visit and study:
The University of Glasgow has an international reputation for research and teaching in Victorian literature; staff publish widely in this field and several are current holders of prestigious funding awards for Victorian research. In September 2010 we were also very pleased to host a major international academic conference in Victorian Studies: The 10th Anniversary Conference for the British Association for Victorian Studies: Victorian Forms and Formations.