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English Literature - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

Our MA will train you in the study of writing and culture, across a range of periods, national traditions, and genres. It has an open and flexible study route. You’ll choose from a number of modules that address a range of issues and topics in the field of English Literature.

Modules range from literary and cultural theory, Anglophone and translated literature in English, from Shakespeare to Victorian, North American to Postcolonial writing. You’ll take four modules, two in Autumn term and two in Spring, one of which must be a critical theory module. You’ll also undertake a dissertation project with a specialised supervisor.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

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 Queer Theory & Praxis (the core modules on offer vary from year to year). To find out more about the core module you will take, please visit this page.

Optional Modules:

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

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


Two hour weekly seminars for each module, attend lectures and seminars across the Faculty and the University by recognised experts on key and current topics in the field of Arts and Humanities. You will undertake a mandatory dissertation project (16,000) words. Work on your dissertation project commences with an assigned supervisor and runs throughout the remainder of the course.

Class Sizes:

Seminars will range from 5 to 10 students each.

Contact Hours:

You will have 4 contact hours per week during term 1 and 2.


Each module (apart from the dissertation) has a requirement of assessed work (up to 6,000 words) on a topic devised by the student and agreed by the module leader.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • BBC
  • Oxford University Press

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Journalist and Conference Producer
  • Radio Producer

To Visit Warwick...

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

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.