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MA in Critical and Cultural Theory

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The MA in Critical and Cultural Theory at Warwick will equip you with the analytical tools to respond to, understand, theorise, and critique the literary and cultural artefacts of the modern world. You will encounter and interrogate the perspectives informing current debates in the Humanities, including Feminist, Marxist, Gender and Racial Critiques, as well as Postcolonial, Poststructural, Psychoanalytical, Environmental, and Cultural Studies.

In the dedicated core module you will immerse yourself in fundamental theoretical questions through individual reading and collective discussion. You can also choose from a wide range of modules that span a variety of critical perspectives and approaches to literary studies, and grapple with the ideas of some of the great critical thinkers.

Our department is home to a cluster of researchers working on critical and cultural theory. They engage directly with some of the pressing debates of our time concerning the state of the art of literary studies, the historical and methodological facets of the Humanities, the role of Universities in society, and the engagement of literary and other cultural artefacts with the world. We organise conferences and public lectures on a number of critical issues, such as Petrocultures 2018, and currently lead the international Critical Theory Network that brings together researchers from the Department with colleagues at Paris IV–Sorbonne, the Catholic University in Lisbon, and the University of Zurich.

Alongside your four modules you also get the chance to pursue your own distinct research interests in the dissertation (16,000 words). This is an opportunity to develop a new idea from one of your modules into something longer, or to write on a subject or a figure that has always fascinated you. Topics can be on anything within the broadly-conceived boundaries of ‘critical and cultural theory', although they must fall within the interests of an available member of the teaching staff and must be feasible in terms of resources to be accepted. People often use their MA dissertations as springboards to PhD projects, and have sometimes gone on to publish parts of their work in scholarly journals. During the Autumn Term you will attend a series of workshops designed to help shape your general ideas into a feasible proposal. You will then submit a full proposal towards the end of this term and be assigned an appropriate supervisor, before beginning preliminary work on your dissertation in Spring Term. Submission date is in September.

For more information about how to fund your masters degree, please consult our graduate funding page and the Graduate School's list of available scholarships and bursaries.

If you have any questions, please contact the MA in Critical and Cultural Theory convenor and admissions tutor, Professor Paulo de Medeiros.


Essential information

Course Code

Full-time: P-Q3PD

Part-time: P-Q3PDP


Full-time: 1 year

(October 2019 - October 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(October 2019 - October 2021)

Entry Requirements

65% in an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language Requirements

Band C

IELTS Minimum of 7.5

Department of Study

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

See Student Finance


Four departmental bursaries available, worth £4,000 per student. These are open to all Home/EU and Overseas applicants, and will be awarded based on academic merit. To be eligible, you must hold an offer for one of our
MA courses.

Additional Course Costs

Students are expected to buy the set primary texts for each module they study.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.