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MA in World Literature

Standard Duration:1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Min. entry requirements: 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in English Literature or related subject

English Language: IELTS 7.5, Band C

Are you interested in exploring ideas in comparative literary study and keen to engage with new theories of literature and society? This course focuses on world literary systems, exploring the relationship between texts based on shared conditions and situations, rather than by language, genre, area or historical period.

The programme also provides a platform for more traditional literary studies and themes emerging from your own background. Research skills form a core part of the course, equipping you to become an effective independent scholar. There’s also a core module in the methodology and theory of world literature, and a foundation module on research methods. In addition, you can choose from a variety of optional modules that circle the globe, either from a thematic or geographic perspective.

Our recent postgraduates have secured roles as a TV researcher for the BBC, editorial assistants with national publishing companies, marketing executives and teachers. Several have applied the research skills acquired through the MA and have successfully applied for fully-funded PhDs.

Application Fact File

All applications for taught Master’s degrees should be made online at

Places on these courses are limited so you should submit your application as early as possible. If you are an international applicant and need to obtain a student visa, you will need to leave plenty of time for this process.

For this reason, international applicants must submit their application by 31 July for courses that begin in September. If you are a UK or EU applicant, there are no deadlines for applications to postgraduate taught places.

Tuition Fees (MA)
(2016/17 rates)

Home/EU: Full-time £7,780, Part-time £3,890

Overseas (band 1): Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2): Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844


For information on funding opportunities please visit the Graduate School website.


English and Comparative Literary Studies

Postgraduate Secretary
Department of English and
Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
PGEnglish at warwick dot ac dot uk

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