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World Literature (MA) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-Q2PE
  • Part-time: P-Q2PEP
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

The World Literature MA at Warwick draws on the English Department's renowned expertise in theoretically-driven world-literary and postcolonial studies to offer a course unique in the UK.

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 the study of writing and culture from across the globe. You will take a core module in the methodology and theory of world literature, choose from a range of modules that address issues in modern and contemporary world literature, and write a dissertation on an (approved) topic of your choice with a specialised supervisor.

Core Modules

Optional Modules

Previously a selection of the following options have been offered:

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

You can also view the full list of optional modules available to you.


  • 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 words essay 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).

Minimum 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

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.


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
  • 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.