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Taught MA Degrees

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MA in English Literature

The MA in English Literature encourages a varied and flexible approach and considers a wide-ranging catalogue of texts and periods. You can choose from an extensive module list and study, for example:

  • Shakespeare alongside North American literature
  • Women's writing from 1600 to the present alongside Marxism and Deconstruction
  • British Victorian texts alongside global literatures

If you want to focus on a particular period or theme you can do so by following one of several ‘pathways’. These include Modern and Contemporary Literature, Critical Theory, and Sexuality and Gender.

All overseas applicants must submit two samples of written work on a literary topic with your application – preferably samples of work submitted for your undergraduate degree.

Questions about the admissions process should go to Dr David Taylor at D.F.Taylor@warwick.ac.uk.

MA in World Literature

The MA in World Literatures seeks to train future scholars in the study of writing and culture throughout the globe. You’ll take a core module in the methodology and theory of world literature. Afterwards you can choose from a wide range of modules involving Anglo-European and other literatures, such as Modern Japanese Fiction, Literature of the Asian Diaspora, and Issue and Problems in Arabic Fiction.

Reading is in English but we encourage you to take modules in Warwick’s language departments as well as bring your own linguistic and literary competencies to bear. This MA seeks to provide a platform for both more traditional literary studies and emerging themes from your own background.

All overseas applicants must submit two samples of written work on a literary topic with your application – preferably samples of work submitted for your undergraduate degree.

Questions about the admissions process should go to Professor Paulo de Medeiros at P.de-Medeiros@warwick.ac.uk.

MA in Writing

The MA in Writing is for students who are already experienced, as well as ambitious, practising writers, whether published or not. We aim to help you develop skills you can use professionally. We don’t believe that creativity can be taught, or that it is only fulfilled in the ‘marketplace’, but we do aim to help develop technical writing skills which you’ll find useful as a full-time writer or in related professions such as publishing, the media and teaching.

All applicants must submit a portfolio of your own creative writing with your application. This can be up to 5,000 words of poetry or fiction, or a combination of the two. You can upload your portfolio online with your application form.

Questions about the admissions process should go to Professor Sarah Moss at S.Moss@warwick.ac.uk.

MA in Literary Translation Studies

The MA in Translation and Transcultural Studies focuses on the theory of translation enhanced by a strong element of literary translation and the study of literatures across cultures and languages. You'll explore translation as a literary and cultural phenomenon and study how literatures cross borders through translation. It may be possible to work independently on Arabic, Bengali, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Turkish and Chinese texts and (or) culture.

All applicants must submit a sample of:

  1. Your own translation from another language into English (please supply the source text together with bibliographical details).
  2. Your own critical writing on an issue related to translation.

Questions about the admissions process should go to Dr Chantal Wright at C.M.Wright@warwick.ac.uk.

Graduate Diploma

We offer a Diploma designed for students who wish to read for a higher degree in English Literature, but who need further preparation before embarking upon the MA course. The Diploma acts as a ‘conversion’ course for the MA – provided that the student achieves the appropriate grade. The Diploma is a one-year course (two years part-time).

Questions about the admissions process should go to Professor David Taylor at D.F.Taylor@warwick.ac.uk.

Funding Your Study

We offer several taught Master's programmes which you can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. All taught MA programmes are designed to enable you to study the literature and culture of the UK, Europe, North America and the rest of the world at an advanced level.

We also offer a Diploma designed for students who wish to read for a higher degree in English Literature, but who need further preparation before embarking upon the MA course. The Diploma acts as a ‘conversion’ course for the MA.

International students

English language requirements: we require an IELTS score of at least 7.5

More information for international students