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Critical and Cultural Theory (MA) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • Full-time: P-Q3PD
  • Part-time: P-Q3PDP
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MA
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


On Critical and Cultural Theory MA you will grapple with the ideas and perspectives of great critical thinkers. Warwick's English Department, ranked 1st by 2014 REF, will equip you with the analytical tools to understand, theorise and critique the literary and cultural artefacts of the modern world.


The MA in Critical and Cultural Theory will equip you with the analytical tools and concepts to respond to, understand, theorise, and critique the literary and cultural artefacts of the modern world. In the dedicated core module, you will immerse yourself in fundamental theoretical questions through individual reading and collective discussion. You can also choose from a wide range of modules that span a variety of critical perspectives and approaches to literary studies, and grapple with the ideas of some of the great critical thinkers. You will also write a dissertation on an (approved) topic of your choice with a specialised supervisor.


Core Modules

  • Critical and Cultural Theory Today
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

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

  • Feminist Literary Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Fundamentals of World Literature
  • Modernism and Psychoanalysis
  • Petrofiction Studies in World Literature
  • Psychoanalysis and Creativity

Course Structure

The MA in Critical and Cultural Theory comprises a Research Methods module, the core module, Critical Theory Today, 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.

Dissertation

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 critical and cultural theory, 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 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 Critical and Cultural Theory MA.

Class Sizes

  • Seminars will each consist of 5 to 10 students.

Assessment

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.

Warwick's English Department offers further information on the Critical and Cultural Theory MA.


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

English language requirements Band C
IELTS Minimum of 7.5

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.

Scholarships

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.