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Postgraduate Study


Postgraduate study is an important element of the work of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Various Schools offer MA modules focusing on, or with relation to, aspects of the long eighteenth century, including an Interdisciplinary MA offered through the School of Music. See the relevant area below for possible module choices.

For further information and for individual areas of staff research interest please go to the Staff and Associated Members page, or contact the relevant subject area directly. Enquiries concerning doctoral research are warmly welcomed in all areas.

MA modules in the School of English

Full modules (12 weeks)

    • Modern Indian Literature in English (Dr Daniel Roberts)                                             
    • Slavery, Empire and Abolition, 1660-1840 (Dr Shaun Regan)
    • Georgic Transformations in Eighteenth-century Poetry and Culture (Prof. Estelle Sheehan)
    • Private / Public Women (Dr Moya Haslett)

A recent development in our English MA programmes is the introduction of ‘half’ modules in semester 2. These optional modules last 6 weeks rather than 12, and can be taken in combination with another ‘half’ module, in place of one full 12-week module. ‘Half’ modules currently offered or in development in the ‘eighteenth century and Romantic’ area are:


MA modules in the School of Literatures, Languages and Performing Arts


MA modules in the School of History and Anthropology

Interdisciplinary MA in the School of Music

    • Culture and National Identity in the long Eighteenth Century (Dr Sarah McCleave)

The general theme of culture and national identity will be explored by examining influence on the artistic style or attitudes of figures such as Bach, Handel, Beaumarchais, Rousseau, Coleridge and De Quincey. Cultural developments in particular centres, such as London, Paris and Rome, will be examined by considering genres such as the pastoral or representations of culture in print. Folksong collecting in Eastern Europe and colonial cultural identities during the British Ray may also feature. This module is taught by members of staff in the Schools of Music, English, History, and Modern Languages and is open to Humanities students in general (subject to permission from their home Department or School). Through study of specific issues centred around the theme of national and cultural identities, students will develop an appreciation of the links between artistic, social and political developments. Assessment is by seminar and two essays (the first on a 'set' topic, the second chosen from an interdisciplinary menu). Students will develop critical, appraisal and presentational skills. In the event of this module running as an independent study, the seminar may be replaced by a book review.

Current postgraduate students

Noelle McCavana (PhD)


French Survival strategies of Bernardin de Saint-Pierre

Patricia Miller


John Lyon

Rebecca Gronstedt


Representations of the female reader in 18th-century writing by women

Claire Allen


Urban elites, civil society and governance in early 19th-century Belfast

Lisa Meaney


Ulster Presbyterians - Civil Society in Belfast and Newry c. 1740-98

Lisa Townsend


Intellectual and cultural interests of women in Ireland c. 1750-1850

Jonathan Wright


Presbyterians, politics and the development of Belfast in early 19th century

Robert Whan


'The Scotch colony': Presbyterians in Ulster, 1680-c.1730

Elise (Sarah) Crean Music The wider historical and musical context of J.S. Bach's late canonic works

Ian Mills


Reception history of J.S. Bach's Organ Chorales in the 19th century

Liam Gorry


A study of accompanied recitative in the early 18th century, with particular reference to G.F. Handel