Edge Hill’s new Masters degree will change the way we think about the Victorians

Poster for MA showing 19thC painting of a sail ship

Edge Hill has launched a fascinating new Masters degree in Nineteenth Century Studies that will take students on a journey through the culture, literature, people and history of the nineteenth century.Devised by some of the UK’s leading experts in the literature, history, and cultural heritage of the nineteenth century, the one year Nineteenth Century Studies MA will cover all aspects of the 1800s, offering a deep, specialist knowledge of the era and its impact on the modern world.

The degree has also been specifically designed to equip students with the knowledge to work in museums and galleries as well as advanced skills in academic writing and research.

Senior Lecturer in English Literature Dr Laura Eastlake said: “This course will change the way you think about the nineteenth century. So much of what we think of as our modern culture has its roots in the nineteenth century, from railways and women’s rights movements, to photography, modern medicine, popular entertainments, and the more unsettlingly racist legacies of empire and slavery that we’re still grappling with today. These are all topics we cover in-depth on the course.

“Our students will gain the skills to investigate how contemporary debates and developments of the Romantic and Victorian eras continue to shape our identities and popular culture today.”

Students studying Nineteenth Century Studies will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips and to work with local, national and international cultural heritage organisations as well as schools and charities to develop a broad range of transferable skills relevant to their career goals.

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Reader in History and Digital Humanities Dr Bob Nicholson: “We’ve worked closely with a number of partner museums including the Atkinson and the British Library to create a course that will enable our students to seek work in the sector.

“Similarly, we want to give people the skills to conduct their own research and present it in creative ways. Whether your background is in literature, history or something else entirely we want you to go away with the know how to discover new aspects of the nineteenth century for yourself.”

The start of the Masters Degree in October will coincide with the launch of EHU Nineteen: Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies. The centre will bring academics from across the university and the UK together to create a national hub for the study of the nineteenth century and conduct new and exciting research.

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Reader in Romanticisms Dr Andrew McInnes said: “We want take the work of the University out into the world and, more importantly, we want our students to be a big part of that. Any students studying the MA Nineteenth Century Studies will become part of the research centre and make a contribution to us becoming a world-renowned leader in this research area.”

“This will put Edge Hill at the forefront of research on the long nineteenth century with plans to hold major conferences in the field and publish ground-breaking academic articles and monographs.

The course is open to any graduate with an interest in nineteenth-century literature and culture, current or aspiring educational or cultural heritage professionals, or anyone seeking to develop expert knowledge in preparation for a PhD.

To sign up for the degree visit the MA Nineteenth-Century Studies course page or use the course enquiries contact page. Edge Hill graduates from 2018 to present can get a fee discount of up to 50% on this course, visit the website for full details.