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After careful deliberation I decided to stay in York after my BA to undertake a taught MA course in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.
I was persuaded by a combination of factors, including the fresh and innovative course plan, and module options that gave equal weighting to Victorian poetry and prose; the opportunity to be taught by and converse with top nineteenth-century academics, including Professor John Bowen and Dr Trev Broughton; and the department’s strong programme of research events. I had also been impressed with the high level of pastoral care which I experienced as an undergraduate, and which I knew would provide a supportive, nurturing environment for my postgraduate research.
The course provided an ideal framework in which to develop my own long-term research ideas. Although I had begun the taught MA with a reasonably clear outline of my dissertation topic, the taught course introduced me to texts, authors, and theorists which enriched my research, and helped to prepare me for my PhD - also at York (now successfully completed).
There is a fantastic programme of research events at York, attracting speakers such as Adam Phillips and Sara Ahmed, as well as a reading by the novelist John Banville. One of the most memorable events was a talk and demonstration by the renowned Magic Lanternist, Mervyn Heard, which indicates the diversity and imagination involved in planning the department’s event programme. The scenic campus, its proximity to historic York and its strong postgraduate community makes the university an ideal to place to study, and one in which I have been very happy.