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MA in Pan-Romanticisms

The MA in Pan-Romanticisms is an interdisciplinary MA that encourages the study of European literatures in their original languages and in translation. This course is aimed at students with an interest in the period 1770-1830 who wish to explore the literary migration of ideas and texts at that time, especially across western Europe. in greater detail than is possible at undergraduate level.

This MA is unique in that it offers such a wide range of modern languages modules, and is currently the only UK-based MA to emphasize European Romantic writing both in translation and the original language. For this reason, a reading knowledge of one of French, German or Italian is desirable, although not necessary for successful completion of the course. Students will be based in the School of Modern Languages but are encouraged to take modules from other departments within the faculty.

This is a taught MA with a significant research component in the form of a compulsory dissertation, and so may be especially suited to students who are interested in pursuing PhD work in the field of comparative literatures. All tutors on the MA would welcome interested and suitably qualified students to follow their MA with PhD study at the University of Warwick.

The MA in Pan-Romanticisms may be taken either full-time or part-time. The part-time option is offered over two years; students taking the MA part-time are required to take the Core Module and Research Methods in their first year.

Course structure

The MA may be studied in the following ways:

Term 1: Either

Route 1) Core Module (Introduction to Pan-Romanticisms) and Research Methods


Route 2) Core Module and Research Methods, plus one Optional Module

Term 2: Either

Route 1) Two Optional Modules


Route 2) One Optional Module

Term 3 and summer:

Routes 1 & 2) Dissertation


All students take the MA's core module, Introduction to Pan-Romanticisms and a research methods module. The other two options are chosen from the list below (please note: this list is subject to change).

Core modules

Tutors: Dr. Kate Astbury (French Literature), Dr Christina Lupton (English Literature), Dr. Sean Allan, Dr. James Hodkinson (German Literature), Dr. Loredana Polezzi, Dr Fabio Camilletti (Italian Literature)

Optional modules

  • The Lure of Italy, Dr Fabio Camilletti (Italian), Dr. Kate Astbury (French), Dr. Sean Allan (German)
  • German Romanticism, Dr. Sean Allan (German)
  • Reason and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France, Dr. Kate Astbury (French)
  • Politics and Opinion in Hanoverian Britain, Dr. Sarah Richardson (History)
  • Consumption and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Professor Maxine Berg (History)
  • Exhibitions and Audiences in Georgian London, (History of Art)
  • Relevant Philosophy, English, and language modules as available


For each option students will write an essay of 5000 words. (Introduction to Research Methods is assessed by an extended bibliographical exercise.)


The Dissertation is planned over Terms 1 and 2 and written in Term 3 and the summer vacation. Supervisors will be assigned by the end of Term 1 and supervision continues through the end of Term 3. Students use the summer for final revisions and writing up.

How to apply

Please consult the English Postgraduate Prospectus for entry requirements. Please note that we currently require an IELTS score of at least 7.5 rather than 7.0. Questions and queries about the application procedure can be addressed to the Graduate Secretary, Mrs Caroline Parker ( questions about the academic content of the program can be addressed to the Convenor, Dr Katherine Astbury (French Studies) (

All international applicants must submit two samples of written work on a literary topic (within the period 1770-1830) with their application – preferably samples of work submitted for their undergraduate degree.

International students

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

More information for international students