MA in Dickens Studies

Dickens MuseumAs if Chief Investigator of the Drood Inquiry were not honour enough, I am very pleased to announce my new role as Course Director of the MA by Research in Charles Dickens Studies, which the University of Buckingham will be launching in partnership with the Charles Dickens Museum this October.

This London-based programme involves one year (or two if you’re part-time) of supervised study and research, with a stimulating seminar programme led by experts in Dickens and nineteenth-century studies and hands-on research workshops led by staff at the Charles Dickens Museum and at the Bloomsbury premises of the University of Buckingham.  Seminar speakers include:

Michael Slater              Holly Furneaux
Miriam Margoyles      Paul Schlicke
Jeremy Parrott             Lucinda Hawksley
Judith Flanders            Tony Williams
Leon Litvack                 Paul Lewis

The programme also includes field trips, access to rare archival material, and membership of the international Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society. It’s a really exciting project to be involved with and one which I hope will not only allow those with a lifetime interest in Dickens to come and work on their favourite topic, but also to foster a new generation of Dickens scholars – who knows, maybe we’ll even solve Edwin Drood!

The course begins in October 2016, and if you are interested in finding out more I will be running an open day at the Museum on 2 July between 12 and 2pm. If you would like to attend, or just want to find out more about the programme, please contact our admissions tutor Nancy at   Dickens' dream

Published by Pete Orford

I'm course director of the MA in Charles Dickens Studies at the University of Buckingham in conjunction with the Dickens Museum in London. I am currently editing Pictures from Italy for the Oxford Dickens collection, and I'm Chief Investigator for The Drood Inquiry ( My book "The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel and our endless attempts to end it" was published by Pen and Sword Books in 2018.

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