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European Gothic and Romance Studies (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-QV22
  • Part-time: P-QV22P
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

European Gothic and Romantic Studies MA explores the 1770-1830 period in great detail, with a wide range of modern languages to study. Warwick's Modern Languages and Cultures Department has designed the only UK-based MA to emphasise European Romantic writing in translation and the original language.

If you’re interested in the literature of the Romantic period, including the Gothic, this innovative course will enable you to explore the literary migration of ideas and texts during the Romantic and Revolutionary period between 1770 and 1830 in Western Europe. You’ll study with world-leading academics, taking modules from across the Faculty of Arts, and developing excellent research skills through to your dissertation. It would be helpful to have a reading knowledge of one of French, German or Italian, but you don’t need these to complete the course successfully.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Introduction to Gothic and Romantic Studies
  • Research Skills in Modern Languages

Optional Modules

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

  • German Romanticism
  • Telling Ghost Stories in a Post-Revolutionary Age
  • Historical Fictions, Fictional Histories
  • Politics and Opinion in Hanoverian Britain
  • Consumption and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain
  • The Lure of Italy
  • Reason and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France


This is a taught MA with a significant research component in the form of a compulsory dissertation.

Contact Hours

The course will involve 35 hours of work per week, typically comprising 4 hours of seminar teaching, up to 1 hour of tutoring and 30 hours of independent study over Terms 1 and 2; in Term 3, which is focused on the Dissertation, you will typically have a weekly average of one hour of one-to-one supervision and 34 hours of independent study.

Class Sizes

Seminar teaching is in groups of between 1 and 10 students. Individual supervision is provided for the dissertation.


You will write two essays of 5,000 words (Research Methods is assessed by an extended bibliographical exercise). The Dissertation (20,000 words) is planned over Terms 1 and 2 and written in Term 3 and the summer vacation. Supervisors will be assigned by the end of Term 1 and supervision continues through the end of Term 3. Students use the summer for final revisions and writing up.

Skills from this degree

  • Advanced research and information synthesis skill
  • Advanced report-writing and written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • IT skills

Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

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

10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as the cost of printing and binding your Dissertation. You should consider these costs when deciding whether or not to accept your offer.

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

Graduates from these courses have pursued roles such as: authors, writers and translators; legal professionals 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:

  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Languages Alumni Evening

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