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MA in World Literature Course Structure

a) The MAWL has one core module required of all students: EN942 Fundamentals of World Literature. This module is assessed with a 6,000 essay.

b) There are no prerequisites but the core module EN942 must be taken in the first semester of study.

c) Students must decide whether to apply to write a dissertation or not, and if yes, how many modules to take alongside the dissertation. Note that students may write a dissertation only with permission from the MAWL convenor. 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 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).

Students may take modules offered in other Humanities departments, including Philosophy, by agreement with your Personal Tutor. However, students are not allowed to take modules in Creative Writing as part of their program. See relevant module web pages and if you wish to take such a module, contact the Graduate Secretary in the relevant department. If you wish to seek advice about module choice, you should contact the MA Admissions Tutor or the MA Convenor.

d) Overall, a one-year full-time taught MA must be made up of work totaling 180 CATS points. Students are responsible to make sure they are registered for the correct number of CATS. Students are reminded that MA work is demanding, and that normally full-time students should not attempt more than two option modules in any one term in addition to the compulsory core module, and part-time students should not attempt more than one option module in addition to the compulsory core module. You are required to communicate your provisional module choices to the Taught Programmes Officer by 1 September. You will be asked to indicate a reserve module for each term, as it may not be possible to accommodate every first choice. Please note that not all modules run every year.

e) A student is only permitted to select a maximum of 2 modules from another degree programme other than the one for which they are registered.