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Postgraduate applicants

MA Nineteenth Century Studies

To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.

Suggested reading

You will be given more information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks and journals we have for you to access, when you begin your studies.

In the meantime, you may want to begin exploring some of the items below:

LIT4000: Research Skills (semester one)

LIT4001: Romantic Movements (semester one)

LIT4002: Victorian Decades (semester two)

LIT4003: Entertaining the Victorians (semester two)

General Literary and Historical Study


Useful websites

Depending on your areas of interest, you might want to visit the following websites:


Things to do now

To help you prepare for your studies, you may find it useful to start reading Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities — we’ll be using in the core skills module during semester one.


Meet your programme lead and course specialists:

Dr Bob Nicholson (MA Programme Leader)

Reader in History and Digital Humanities, Dr Bob Nicholson works on the history of nineteenth-century popular culture and leads the Entertaining the Victorians module in semester two.

Dr Laura Eastlake

Dr Laura Eastlake is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. Her interests include Victorian masculinity, classical reception, and gothic fiction. She leads the Victorian Decades module in semester two.

Dr Andrew McInnes

Reader in Romanticisms, Dr Andrew McInnes is currently leading an AHRC-funded project exploring the ‘Romantic Ridiculous.’ He leads the Romantic Movements module in semester one.