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Critical and Cultural Theory - MA (Full-Time, Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

The MA in Critical and Cultural Theory will equip you with the analytical tools and concepts to respond to, understand, theorise, and critique the literary and cultural artefacts of the modern world. 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. Working one-to-one with one of our Faculty members, your dissertation then allows you to develop your own research project and pursue your own original interventions into the pressing theoretical questions of our time.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

  • Critical and Cultural Theory Today
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Feminist Literary Thory
  • Poetics of Urban Modernism
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Fundamentals of World Literature
  • Modernism & Psychoanalysis
  • Petrofiction Studies in World Literature
  • Psychoanalysis and Creativity
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Aesthetics & Modernity 1: Concerning Experience
  • Aesthetics & Modernity 2: Concerning Violence
  • Drama and Performance Theory
  • Narratives of American Empire

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


All modules will be taught as seminars that meet once weekly for 10 weeks. Occasionally there will be associated events, invited speakers, or public lectures.

Class Sizes:

Core seminars usually have full enrolment at 15 whereas optional seminars have on average from 4 to 8 students.

Contact Hours:

You will receive 4 hours of contact (2 hours x 2 seminars) in seminars.


All modules will be assessed through coursework, with a 6,000 word essay. The Dissertation will consist of a 16,000 word essay.

Students have gone on to Further study at MPhil/PhD level

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • BBC
  • Universities

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Legal Translator and Interpreter

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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

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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.