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Q322 Master of Arts (MA) Jane Austen (1 year)

In the 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, she has gone from being a moderately successful, anonymous writer to a global literary celebrity. This unique new MA, the first of its kind in the world, will help you discover how and why. Giving you unique access to literary archives at Chawton House - former home of Austen's brother - and offering specialist tuition by a range of Austen experts, this innovative new programme will transform your understanding of Austen's work, culture, and reception.

 

Introducing your degree

In the 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, she has gone from being a moderately successful, anonymous writer to a global literary celebrity. Her novels have been read and re-read, and are frequently adapted for stage and for screen. They have provided inspiration for sequels, prequels, mash ups, blogs and video games. Jane Austen’s letters have been pored over for details that may have inspired her characters, and her lively juvenilia has been edited and published by distinguished scholars and presses around the world. There are countless biographies, and a seemingly endless appetite for collections of essays, articles and book length studies of the six novels that are now known across the world.

Overview

The MA in Jane Austen is an exciting and innovative programme that will enable you to study Jane Austen's work, her culture, and her reception. In workshops, seminars, guest lectures, and individual meetings with your tutors, you will learn about the historical and literary contexts that made Jane Austen, and chart the way that her popularity has increased in the modern day, impacting the tourist and heritage industries.

The programme combines academic and practical approaches, marrying the study of eighteenth-century culture and a range of modern scholarly approaches to Austen with insights into the heritage industry and literary tourism, and providing you with a broad set of skills. You will be taught by a team of specialists from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton who have published broadly on Austen, and who have experience of working in heritage positions. In addition, you will enjoy a lively programme of relevant events put on by the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and have unique access to the archives at Chawton House, former home of Austen’s brother, and now an internationally-recognised research centre for the study of early women’s writing.

Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.

 View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

To Apply

Applications for the MA Jane Austen will open in May 2018

For further enquiries, please contact pgapply.fh@soton.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 23 8059 6809

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Degree

First- or upper second class honours degree in an Arts related subject.

English Language

IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Mature applicants

Studying for a degree later in life can be extremely rewarding and mature students are often among our most successful.

If you are over 21 and feel you would benefit from degree-level studies, we can be more flexible about our entry requirements. For full-time courses, selectors will expect you to demonstrate your commitment by means of some recent serious study, for example, one or two A level passes, successful completion of an Open University foundation course or an appropriate Access course. Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.

Immigration issues
Potential Tier 4 sponsored students must make an appointment with VISAS before acceptance. Once in the UK, Tier 4 visa students are required to have full attendance monitoring. Any failure of attendance could lead to a termination of sponsorship by the University.

For further information, please contact our Admissions Team pgafh@southampton.ac.uk

The University’s Admission policy is available at:
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page 

Selection process

Selection process: Online application

Sample of written work (the work should be a piece of academic writing related to English Literary Studies or related field and which shows evidence of some research.)

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The MA Jane Austen programme may be studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). It consists of two compulsory core modules Approaches to Jane Austen and Jane Austen and the Heritage Industry the 15,000-word dissertation, as well as a choice of up to four option modules.

As a student on the MA Jane Austen, you will also have the opportunity to audit a selection of relevant undergraduate modules to augment your own knowledge.

Year 1

Semester One
Optional
ENGL6132Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6134Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6130Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6126Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
ENGL6138Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6135Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Semester Two
Optional
HIST6115Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6141Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6113Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6127Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6129Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
ENGL6139Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6135Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Jane AustenMA 2019Full-time£9,250£18,104
Jane AustenMA 2019Part-time£4,625£9,052
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The MA Jane Austen programme is excellent preparation for a career in the heritage sector, in teaching, publishing or arts administration. Graduates of our current English Literary Studies programme, including those on the Eighteenth-Century Pathway, go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and - along with the busy lecture programmes offered at the university and at Chawton House - will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

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