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World Literature - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

The MA in World Literature seeks to train future scholars in the study of writing and culture throughout the globe. You’ll take a core module in the methodology and theory of world literature.

Afterwards you can choose from a wide range of modules that address issues in modern and contemporary world literature, such as Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature, The Caribbean: Reading the World-Ecology, Infinite Modernisms: Pessoa, Kafka, Proust and Narratives of American Empire.

Core Module:

  • Fundamentals of World Literature

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Teaching primarily consists of two hour seminars, based on student-driven discussions. Students opting for either of the two structures which include the dissertation will also receive guidance from their supervisor. Students will choose one from the three possible course structures listed here:

  • Five module variant: Core Module (6,000 words) plus 4 option modules (8,000 word essay each) all at 36 CATS. No dissertation.
  • Four module dissertation variant: Core Module (6,000 words) plus modules (6,000 word essays each) all at 30 CATS plus Dissertation 60 CATS (16,000 words)
  • Three module dissertation variant: Core Module (6,000 words) plus 2 modules (8,000 word essay each) all at 36 CATS plus Dissertation 72 CATS (20,000).

Students will be assessed by essays of 6,000 words or 8,000 words, and (when applicable) by dissertations of 16,000 or 20,000 words, in accordance with the specific course structure chosen.

Graduate Destinations:

Recent graduates have gone on to careers within Journalism, theatre direction, teaching, charity sector work, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, market research, publishing and studied PhD programmes across the UK.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

65% (or equivalent) in Bachelors 

English Language requirements

Band C

Department of study

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.