Victorian Studies MA

Taught Higher Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 2 Years
  • Part Time


This course is subject to re-validation for September 2019 entry. Re-validation is a standard academic procedure to ensure course content is current and reflects subject area knowledge.

Newman’s MA programme in Victorian Studies fuses historical, literary and philosophical approaches to the Victorian period to provide you with a deep and holistic understanding of the Victorian era. Situated in the ‘leading Victorian city of the age’ (Asa Briggs, 1962), Newman provides the ideal setting to study the Victorians. The course will make use of the facilities of the Birmingham Midland Institute, one of the most important civic bodies of Victorian Birmingham.

Why study this course?

  • An inter-disciplinary programme combining literary, historical, theological and cultural approaches to the Victorian era
  • Study the Victorians in ‘the leading city of the Victorian age’
  • Use of the facilities of the Birmingham Midland Institute conveniently situated in the centre of Birmingham
  • The course is delivered in twilight sessions to suit those in employment
  • Expert Newman tutors in Victorian history, English literature and theology with visiting scholars from heritage and educational institutions in the city
  • A post-graduate research seminar will enable you to meet other Victorian post-graduate students and to show you how to develop your studies to PhD level


Special Features

  • Use of the facilities of the Birmingham and Midland Institute.
  • Expert tours of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Fieldwork and use of the archival holdings at Newman University.
  • Interdisciplinary modules taught by experts in social and political history, fine art, architecture, literature and theology.
  • Online activities and assessment providing flexibility for you.

What does the course cover?

Other master’s programmes in Victorian Studies tend to take a predominantly literary approach to the period, with only one or two discrete modules addressing historical or theological approaches. By contrast, Newman’s MA offers a truly interdisciplinary perspective on this fascinating period of history.

New methods of cultural and linguistic analysis in history and theology have created an academic climate in which barriers between subjects have become more porous. This course will offer modules that genuinely cross traditional curricular boundaries to truly reflect current academic scholarship and to offer an innovative approach to the subject.

How will I be assessed?

The course will be assessed through a series of coursework tasks, initially submitted online. There will be compulsory seminars at which students will be required to present their interim research, and there will be a capstone dissertation project.

What careers could I consider?

Two of our MA graduates have gone on to study for PhDs in Victorian history. Other students have used their qualifications to advance their professional careers.


The course will run one evening per week over 12 months with 4 to 5 Saturday sessions, along with additional online activities run via Newman’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There will be a further 3 months for the completion of the dissertation. Evening classes will take place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Saturday sessions will be taught at Newman.

Entry Requirements

Good relevant first degree (2:2 or above).

Applicants may be invited to an interview.

Contact for admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (ext. 2386)

Contact for course specific enquiries:

Dr Ian Cawood

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (ext. 2244)




Course Fees

2018/19: UK/EU Students - £4,950 *

The above fees are the total for the course, with the fees being divided into instalments over the first 2 years of study.

*Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional costs

All costs for entry to fieldwork sites is included in the course fee. Students are expected to find their own travel costs to fieldwork visits within the West Midlands.

See also: information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master’s study.

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