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English Literature (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-Q3P1
  • Part-time: P-Q3P1P
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

English Literature MA offers a varied, flexible approach to graduate study within one of the world's leading English departments. Warwick’s English Department offers options ranging from Postcolonial Theory to the Anthropocene, and allows you to explore while working with those at the cutting intellectual edge of literary studies.

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 will choose from a number of modules that address a range of issues and topics in the field of literatures written in English as well as literary theory and world literature. Modules range from Anglophone and translated literatures in English, queer studies to ecocriticism, Shakespeare to Victorian literature, American studies to readings of the Caribbean. You will study four modules, two in Term One and two in Term Two; and undertake a dissertation project on an (approved) topic of your choice with a specialised supervisor in Term Three.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation

Any module with a critical theory component. Previous options have included:

  • Critical Theory Today
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature
  • World Literature and the Anthropocene

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature
  • Gothic
  • The Poetics of Urban Modernism
  • Narratives of American Empire
  • Shakespeare in Performance

Course structure

The MA in English Literature comprises a Research Methods module, a core module from a list of critical theory options, three further optional modules, and a Dissertation of 16,000 words. You can take one of your three optional modules from outside of the department, including the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning.


The Dissertation offers you the opportunity to pursue your own distinct research interests. You can develop any idea you’ve discovered in your modules, or write on a completely new topic that has always fascinated you. Our students choose an array of topics within the broadly-conceived boundaries of ‘literary studies’, although we’ll discuss with you to make sure your subject can be supported by an available member of our teaching staff.

Students often use their MA dissertations as springboards to PhD projects, and have sometimes gone on to publish parts of their work in scholarly journals.

You will attend a series of workshops in the autumn term designed to help shape your general ideas into a feasible proposal. You will submit a full proposal towards the end of the autumn term and be assigned an appropriate supervisor. You will begin preliminary work on your dissertation in spring.

The department offers further information on the English Literature MA.

Class Sizes

  • Seminars will each consist of 5 to 10 students.


All essays are marked by two members of staff. The standard length for essays for modules on this course is 6,000 words; the Dissertation is 16,000 words. Marks are given out of 100.

Minimum 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

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Bursaries where available are listed on the departmental website.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Deloitte; International Institute for Environment and Development; TeachFirst; The Times; V&A Museum; Yale University Press. They have pursued roles such as: arts officers, producers and directors; higher education teaching professionals; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; management consultants and business analysts and marketing associate professionals.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Understanding Assessment Centres
  • Careers following your English and Comparative Literary Studies Degree
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Publishing and Journalism
  • Freelancing
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

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.