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

The MA in World Literature at Warwick draws on our department’s renowned expertise in theoretically-driven world-literary and postcolonial studies to offer a year-long course that is unique in the UK. Considering you as a future scholar and global citizen, this MA will immerse you in in the study of writing and culture from across 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.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

Optional Modules:

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

  • Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature
  • The Caribbean: Reading the World-Ecology
  • Infinite Modernisms: Pessoa, Kafka, Proust
  • Narratives of American Empire

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


Two hour seminars, based on student-driven discussions. You 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). No Dissertation.
  • Four module dissertation variant: Core Module (6,000 words) plus modules (6,000 word essays each) plus Dissertation (16,000 words).
  • Three module dissertation variant: Core Module (6,000 words) plus 2 modules (8,000 word essay each) plus Dissertation.

Class Sizes:

Seminars will each consist of 5 to 10 students.


You 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 (see above).

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Universities or Colleges
  • Coventry Observer

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Journalist
  • Lecturer in English

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Essential information

Course Code


(P-Q2PEP for part-time)


Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

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

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

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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.