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MA in World Literature Course Structure

Warwick’s MA in World Literature (MAWL) has a great deal of optionality built into the structure of the course. This means that you will need to make some important decisions about how you will structure your MA.

Dissertation and Module variants

You will need to decide whether you would like to apply to write a dissertation or not, and if yes, how many modules you would like to take alongside the dissertation. Note that you may write a dissertation only with permission from the MAWL convernor. See the Dissertation page for more information.

Here are the different choices:

• five-module variant: Core Module EN942 (6,000 words) plus 4 option modules (8,000 word essay each) all at 36 CATS. No dissertation.

• four-module and dissertation variant: Core Module EN942 (6,000 words) plus 3 modules (6,000 word essays each) all at 30 CATS plus Dissertation 60 CATS (16,000 words)

• three-module and dissertation variant: Core Module EN942 (6,000 words) plus 2 modules (8,000 word essay each) all at 36 CATS plus Dissertation 72 CATS (20,000 words)

We use the convention of CATS points to measure the weight of these different variants, to make sure they represent comparable amounts of work and to guide student choice. Overall, a one-year full-time taught MA must be made up of work totalling 180 CATS points. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for the correct number of CATS.

Please note that a full-time MA takes one year and a part-time MA takes two years. Most modules meet for 2 hours per week for 10 weeks (one term).