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MA in English Literature


The MA in English Literature offers a varied and flexible approach to graduate study within one of the leading English departments in the world. You will be within easy reach of the literary past — just a bus ride from Shakespeare's Stratford and the Royal Shakespeare Company — but also working with those at the cutting intellectual edge of world, postcolonial, and contemporary literary studies.


Over the course of the year, you will take four modules (two in each term). One of these will be a core critical theory module, such as Feminist Literary Theory or Queer Theory & Praxis (the core modules on offer vary from year to year).

You will then have a free choice of three further modules. The modules for 2018-19 will give you a flavour of the kinds of topics likely to be open to you: from early modern drama to Mad Max, and from the culture of petroleum to the poetics of urban modernism. If your interests lie in critical and literary theory, your options can include further core theory modules.

You may also take one 30-CATS module (OR two modules that total 30 CATS) from outside the Department - from History, Film, Modern Languages, or Philosophy, for instance - and you may in particular want to look at the modules offered by the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL).


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 'literary studies', 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.


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

The University has recently launched the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme for Home/EU students.

English Literature at Warwick

You will be joining a department that values its graduate students and encourages them to become part of our thriving research culture. You might get the chance to present your work in a professional context at our annual Postgraduate Symposium, or take part in international conferences such as our recent The Descent into the Classical Underworld or Imperial Cultures of the United States. We are home to the journal Feminist Dissent, have a busy diary of visiting speakers from around the world, and close connections with, amongst others, the Eighteenth Century Centre, the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, and the Centre for Philosophy, Literature and the Arts.

Please contact Dr Stephen Purcell ( if you have any questions about the MA in English Literature.

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Critical Environments

Critical Environments (CE) is a cross-disciplinary research and teaching collective based in our department. It groups work done at the interface of environmental studies, critical theory, literary studies, creative writing and the visual and sound arts. Current projects include a collectively written environmental history of the University of Warwick campus and a concerted linking up of course and research material, to a student-run garden allotment and related foodways work on campus.

Essential information

Course Code


(P-Q3P1P for part-time)


Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

65% (or equivalent) in an undergraduate degree in English literature or a related degree. Applicants may be required to provide a writing
sample to demonstrate suitability for the course.

English Language Requirements

Band C

IELTS overall score of 7.5, minimum component scores of two at 6.5/7.0 and the rest at 7.5 or above.

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.