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Monday 3 October Beginning of Autumn Term.

Monday 3 October Introductory Meeting of all M.A. students in Room H545 at 6.00 pm. Wine to follow in H502.

Wednesday 5 October All module choices to be finalised. Hand in to Reception completed option-choice forms.

Monday 7 November All Bibliography Exercises to be submitted
(week 6) to the English Office (H506) by 12.00 noon.

Friday 9 December Title sheet for first Term1 option module essay to be submitted.
Title sheet for Term 1 Critical Theory essay to be submitted.

Saturday 10 December End of Autumn Term.
(week 10)


Monday 9 January 2012 Beginning of Spring Term.

Monday 16 January Term 1 Critical Theory (Feminist Literary Theory, Freud’s Metapsychology, Aesthetics & Modernity I, Poetry & Poetics Foundation Module) essay to be submitted by 12.00 noon (week 2)

Monday 13 February First Term 1 option module essay to be submitted.*
(week 6)
Part-time students can choose to submit their first term option module essay for this deadline.

Monday 20 February Dissertation plan for Optional Dissertation
(week 7) due in.

Friday 16 March Title sheet for second Term 1 option module essay to be submitted. Title sheet for Term 2 Critical Theory module to be submitted.

Saturday 17 March End of Spring Term.


Monday 23 April Beginning of Summer Term.

Friday 27 April Title sheet for first Term 2 option module essay to be submitted.

Tuesday 1 May Term 2 Critical Theory (Modernism and Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theory, Psychoanalysis & Cultural Production, Aesthetics & Modernity II) essay to be submitted.

Monday 21 May Second Term 1 option module essay to be submitted.

Part-time students who did not submit their first term
option module essay for the February deadline must
submit for this deadline.

Monday 25 June First Term 2 option module essay to be submitted.

Friday 29 June Titles sheet for second Term 2 option module essay to be submitted.

Saturday 30 June End of Summer Term.

Monday 3 September Submit all remaining option module essays and the taught MA Dissertation (8,000/6,000 word essay or 16,000 word dissertation)

Monday 10 September 2012 Research M.A. Candidates hand in their dissertations IN TRIPLICATE to the English Secretary. They will be informed individually of viva times etc., as appropriate.

Wednesday 17 October 2012 Taught M.A. Examination Board

* - You have a choice as to which option module essay you submit for which deadline.

NOTE: All deadlines are final. No late work will be accepted without the written permission of the MA Convenor, which shall not normally be given without documented medical evidence or equivalently serious cause. It is expected that students in difficulty will request an extension which can only be granted by the MA Convenor, who can be contacted directly. The request for extension can be discussed as well with your Personal Tutor, but please remember that she/he cannot approve an extension. A medical note will be required in case of illness. Work which is late without permission will be penalised by 3 marks a day.

All assessed work must conform to the stated maximum word lengths. The maximum word lengths are inclusive of quotations and footnotes but not of bibliography. You will be asked to provide a word count of your essays on the cover sheet which you complete when the work is submitted. We allow a stated margin of up to 10% over or under-length for flexibility. Essays that are 10-25% over/under-length will incur a penalty of 3 marks. Essays that are more than 25% over/under-length will be refused.


This handbook contains important information about the MA in English. It aims to cover all aspects of your study on the programme: orientation, structure, deadlines, academic expectations and support. The Handbook is updated annually – sometimes unforeseen circumstances mean we need to make small alterations, and in such cases we will communicate them to you directly. The only information not included in this Handbook concerns reading lists and supplementary information for some modules. All of this information can be found online. Note that this Handbook does not cover the MA by Research (this is a research degree and information about it is found in the Handbook for MPhil/PhD programme), nor does it cover degree courses like the MA in Philosophy and Literature or the MA in Pan-Romanticism, which have their own degree-specific Handbooks.

The Department

The Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick has strengths in Comparative Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Literature of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, the Romantic Period, Literature and Gender, Theory, and Literary and Cultural Production. New areas of focus include colonial and post-colonial literature, world literatures, women’s writing, and creative and expository writing; the Warwick Writing Programme is the largest and most comprehensive of its type in Europe. The department maintains close ties with Warwick’s research centres, among them: Philosophy, Literature and the Arts (CRPLA), Renaissance Studies and the Study of Women and Gender, as well as the interdisciplinary Humanities Research Centre. More information about the department, including a list of all members of staff, can be found at the end of this Handbook.


If you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact one of the members of staff running the MA in English. You may also contact your personal tutor, or the department’s graduate secretary.

MA Convenor Mr John Fletcher (Term 1)/

Dr. Pablo Mukherjee
(Terms 2/3) H518 024 76 523321

MA Admissions Mr. John Fletcher H532 024 76 523349

MA Exam Secretary Dr Christina Britzolakis H508 024 76 522820

Head of Department Prof. Catherine Bates H503

Graduate Secretary Mrs. Cheryl Cave H504 024 76 523665

Further Information

For the most up-to-date information about the course, including details about all modules, please consult the MA in English website:

Most of the procedures outlined here are governed by the University’s Regulations on Postgraduate Taught Courses, which you may find here:


  1. Orientation

  1. Course Structure


Dissertation and module variants

Choosing your modules

  1. Foundation Module

Introduction to Research Methods

Critical Theory

  1. Dissertation

Term 1: Getting support for your project

Term 2: Starting research

Term 3: Research and writing

  1. Critical Practice (for international students)

  1. Assessment



Planning and writing your essays


Deadlines and penalties

Marking practices and conventions

Failure and resubmission

Board of Examiners


  1. Student Support

Personal tutors





Health and Safety


  1. Part-time study

  1. Careers and further study

  1. Staff and their research interests

APPENDIX 1 Modules on offer in 2011-12

1. Orientation

Week One

On Monday evening of the first week of term you will be invited to an Induction event hosted by the MA Convenor. The MA Convenor will speak about the structure of the course and also be available to answer any questions you have. This is also a good time to meet other students on the course. The Induction meeting is followed by a reception for all PG students, hosted by the Head of Department. You are strongly encouraged to attend both events.

During the first week you see the English Graduate Secretary in the English office in order to obtain a student information card. These cards must be completed by Wednesday of week 1 and returned to the Graduate Secretary.

During your first week you should meet your personal tutor. This is a member of academic staff who will be able to advise you during your studies. As list of personal tutors and tutees will be posted on the Graduate notice board, which is outside Room H505.

Contacting academic staff

During term time all tutors set aside office hours during which they are available for consultation. Times of office hours are posted on tutors’ doors. You are welcome to visit tutors during these times.

Common Room

You are encouraged to use the Faculty MA Common Room – H103. It’s designed as a place where graduate students can meet informally, so do make full use of it. There is also a postgraduate space for the Arts Faculty on the fourth floor of the Humanities Building extension.


Postgraduate students will be advised by email that post has been delivered to the department for them.

Notice board

There is a notice board for postgraduate students in English in the corridor just outside room H505. You are advised to check this regularly.

IT Facilities and Training

Extensive IT facilities are available to students - computer clusters in rooms H447 and H454, which are shared facilities for all Arts PG students. There are also designated desks and workstations for postgraduate students in Millburn House. There are also many PCs in the library.

All students are given Warwick email addresses, which will be used by the Department for all communications. If you have another private email address please make sure that mail sent to your University email address is automatically transferred to your private one.

A wide range of bibliographical and textual databases are available, including BIDS, the MLA Bibliography, Dissertation Abstracts International, the Chadwyck Healey databases of English Poetry and English Verse drama, ECCO and EEBO. All students will receive training in the use of databases as part of the Introduction to Research Methods (see Foundation Module, below).


There is public transport to the University from Coventry, Leamington Spa and Warwick.

Lost Property

Lost property is held by University House Reception or by the Student Union. If you lose something, however, first try the office, and also contact the porters in the Lodge on the Ground Floor of the Arts building. It is unwise to leave personal property lying unattended.

Past MA Essays

Copies of some past MA essay may be consulted in the Senior Common Room H502. Students are asked to consult the catalogue held by the Graduate Secretary. Essays must not be removed from the boxes without permission and must not be taken out of the building.

2. Course Structure

Warwick’s MA in English has a great deal of optionality built into the structure of the course. This means that you will need to make some important decisions about how you will structure your MA. There are two areas where you will need to make a decision:

MA Pathways

Everyone who does the Warwick MA must choose a pathway. We have a number of pathways through the degree:

  1. Open Pathway

  1. Critical Theory

  1. Literature and Psychoanalysis

  1. Romantic and Victorian Literature

  1. Modern and Contemporary Literature

  1. Poetry and Poetics

  1. Sexuality and Gender

In the Open Pathway, you select all modules yourself. If you choose to take one of the other pathways, you will follow a planned route through the MA which will allow you to concentrate on a specific area of interest to you. In these pathways, some modules are pre-selected (these are ‘core’ modules), and others are options you can choose yourself. Choosing which pathway you will follow depends upon your interests and on what kind of concentration you would like. Each pathway is explained in detail below. Note that the Foundation module is required regardless of which pathway you choose.

It should be noted that choosing a pathway does not affect the degree you are pursuing; no matter what the pathway, you are still working towards the MA in English Literature.

Dissertation and Module variants

As well as choosing a pathway, you will need to decide whether you would like to apply to write a dissertation or not, and if yes, how many modules you would like to take alongside the dissertation. (Note that you may write a dissertation only with permission - see Section 4 in this Handbook).Here are the different choices:

  1. five-module variant: Foundation module plus 4 modules (8000 word essay each) (no dissertation).

  1. four-module dissertation variant: Foundation module plus Dissertation (16000 words) plus 3 modules (6000 word essays each)

  1. three-module dissertation variant: Foundation module plus Dissertation (20000 words) plus 2 modules (8000 word essay each)

Each pathway may be followed in any one of the above variants. We use the convention of CATS points to measure the weight of these different variants, to make sure they represent comparable amounts of work, and to guide student choice. Overall, a one-year taught MA must be made up of work totalling 180 CATS points.

Choosing your modules

Choosing which modules you will take is a very important part of structuring your MA. You should consult the list of modules on offer, which can be found in the Appendix. Much more information about each module can be found on-line. If you wish to seek advice about module choice, you should contact the MA Admissions Tutor or the MA Convenor.

Students are reminded that MA work is demanding, and that normally full-time students should not attempt more than two option modules in any one term in addition to the compulsory Critical Theory module, and part-time students should not attempt more than one option module in addition to the compulsory Critical Theory module. You should choose your modules during the summer. You will be asked to indicate an alternative module for each term, as it may not be possible to accommodate every first choice. This is because sometimes we need to cap numbers on popular modules, and that some modules do not run because they are undersubscribed. Note that not all modules run every single year. You should communicate your choice to the Graduate Secretary by 1 September.

Provided that it is appropriate and there is space, a suitably qualified student may take an MA option module offered by another department. You will need the permission of the MA Convenor as well as the module tutor. Proficiency in the appropriate languages is a necessary qualification for students wishing to write substantially on non-English literatures.
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