English Literature MA offers a varied, flexible approach to graduate study within one of the world's leading English departments. With options ranging from early modern drama to Mad Max, Warwick 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.
A Critical Theory module, options including:
- Critical Theory Today
- Postcolonial Theory
- Feminist Theory
- World Literature and the Anthropocene
Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:
- Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature
- The Poetics of Urban Modernism
- Narratives of American Empire
- Shakespeare in Performance
Alongside your four modules, you also get the chance to pursue your own distinct research interests in the dissertation (16,000 words). This is an opportunity to develop a new idea from one of your modules into something longer. Alternatively, you could write on a subject or a figure that has always fascinated you.
You can write about anything, within the broadly-conceived boundaries of 'literary studies', although your subject must fall within the interests of an available member of the teaching staff and must be feasible in terms of resources to be accepted.
People 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.
Warwick's English Department offers further information on the English Literature MA.
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
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.
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 and submit a writing sample with your application.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be awarding a 10% bursary to Warwick alumni and local residents^ for entry to our four MA courses (MA English Literature, MA World Literature, MA English and Drama and MA Critical and Cultural Theory) in 2020. To be eligible for this bursary, successful applicants must have Home/EU fee status, studying full-time or part-time.
^To be eligible you must provide proof of residence at an address in a postcode within 15 miles of the Warwick campus.
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 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
- 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.