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University of Warwick, Full Time Masters Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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You will study the art, literature, philosophy, religion and science of the period c.1300-c.1650, taking a strongly interdisciplinary approach, and learning from academics in the Departments of Classics, English, History, History of Art, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Theatre Studies. Read more
You will study the art, literature, philosophy, religion and science of the period c.1300-c.1650, taking a strongly interdisciplinary approach, and learning from academics in the Departments of Classics, English, History, History of Art, Modern Languages and Cultures, and Theatre Studies.

You’ll spend an exciting, full term in Venice, studying the city’s art, history and culture from our base at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. The programme includes site visits, study sessions in Venetian workshops and behind-the-scenes visits to the warehouses of Venice’s museums. Modules focusing on Venetian culture, religion and art form the opening term, while during the spring term, you’ll explore the dissemination of Italian culture in Europe. Alongside these modules, we run palaeographical and research skills sessions to help with your dissertation research in the summer. You’ll also have unlimited access to relevant print and electronic resources, including ITER, Early English Books Online, The Making of the Modern World, and European Books, through our library.

Previous graduates from this course have chosen to progress to PhD study at Warwick or another institution, and/or to pursue a career in academia (most recently at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore), museums or galleries.

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Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research. Read more
Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.

You’ll work with the support of leading researchers of international reputation, drawing on our expertise in critical theory, research skills, and key research themes from across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as the opportunity to develop your research specialism in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or in comparative analysis of these cultures. We also provide research skills training, helping you to build subject-specific and transferrable skills.

Our researchers collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.

The skills you’ll acquire in research, critical analysis and advanced argumentation, written and oral presentation, project design, and time management will prepare you thoroughly for doctoral research and an academic research career. Equally, you’ll be well placed to pursue professional routes into sectors such as publishing, media, and non-academic research.

Structure and assessment

The syllabus for the MA for Research in German Studies comprises:
-A taught core module on cultural and critical theory, typically taken in the first term, and assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-Two supervised study programmes (Guided Study Options), topic dependent on the interests of the candidate, each assessed by a 5,000 word essay.
-A 20,000 word dissertation.
-A skills programme (assessed by two short bibliographical exercises), which includes a library induction/electronic resources in German Studies and general research skills, giving oral presentations and using PowerPoint, writing a literature review, choosing a topic and writing a dissertation, writing a PhD proposal, and applying for funding.

Note that this course is different from the German Studies BY Research MA, in that the latter does not include taught elements.

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This is a one-year programme in which you choose your own research topic, conduct independent research, and submit a 40,000-word thesis. Read more
This is a one-year programme in which you choose your own research topic, conduct independent research, and submit a 40,000-word thesis. You will be supported throughout the project through regular tutorial meetings with your supervisor and research training from specialist staff including the German subject librarian. The programme is tailored to your own needs and interests, ideal if you have a strong research interest in a particular topic you wish to pursue for one year only, or which lays the groundwork for a larger project to pursue at PhD level.

Research interests

Specialist areas of our staff range across the whole of the Modern period, from the 18th-century Enlightenment to the present day, with notable areas of expertise in:
-German Classicism and Romanticism
-Orientalism in German Culture from 1800 to the Present
-German Diasporic Cultures and Literatures
-Nationalism and Anti-Semitism
-Weimar Cultures
-Contemporary German History
-GDR History; Gender, Terrorism and Prison Writing
-Post-War German Literature and Culture
-German Memory Cultures
-Temporality and Deceleration in Contemporary German Culture
-Critical Theory

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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. Read more
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 recent graduates have won fully funded PhD fellwoships at Research 1 universities in the USA.

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This MA combines a strong grounding in translation theory with a focus on the practice of literary translation and the study of literatures across cultures and languages. Read more
This MA combines a strong grounding in translation theory with a focus on the practice of literary translation and the study of literatures across cultures and languages. The opportunity to benefit from the experience of the many practising translators in English and Comparative Literary Studies is one of the degree’s unique offerings.

Rather than focusing on translation between specific language pairs, this MA explores translation as a literary and cultural phenomenon and considers how literatures cross borders through translation. We welcome students with expertise in English and any other language or languages.

Recent postgraduates have gone on to work as translators and interpreters, language teachers, in academia, publishing, journalism and business, among other destinations.

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Whether you’re a recent arts graduate, a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned media professional, this course will help you to tackle the real challenges of running a small creative business. Read more
Whether you’re a recent arts graduate, a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned media professional, this course will help you to tackle the real challenges of running a small creative business. Focusing on the special relationship between creativity, strategic management and cultural entrepreneurship, this was the first programme in the UK to examine the business of creativity.

You’ll study core modules in Creativity and Organisation, and Managing Intellectual Property. You can also choose from optional modules on topics such as cultural entrepreneurship, brands and meaning, audiences and marketing. We encourage you to discover a creative approach to management and a managed approach to creativity, which can then be applied to a range of scenarios and industries.

This course will equip you with the strategic and conceptual thinking skills required to work across
the range of creative and media sectors. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles in areas such as TV, advertising, research, marketing, rights management and self-seeded start-up companies.

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable you to:
-Acquire a critical overview of the commercial, legal and cultural frameworks within which creative and media enterprises operate.
-Acquire a flexible and wide-ranging set of ideas and strategies which can be adapted to different areas of business and different levels of operation in the creative and media industries.
-Develop your own approaches to organisation, strategic planning and marketing.

Course Summary

The MA in Creative and Media Enterprises focuses on the special relationship between creative imagination and strategic management. The course is designed to cut across different industries and contexts and will provide both a broad overview of the creative and media industries and a fresh perspective on managing your own creative business or project.

You will develop a theoretical understanding of the creative and cultural industries and explore the implications that intellectual property, changing business practices and markets hold for creative and media enterprises operating in an emerging creative economy. The course is designed to encourage you to innovate as well as provide you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to commercialise your ideas or develop your research interests.

The programme treats theoretical analysis as an integral part of practical tasks. You will have an opportunity to reflect on the ideas and ideals which lie behind your work. You will also meet practitioners and experts who will provide you with practical examples and advice for running a successful enterprise.

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This course engages with the growing importance of culture in a range of policy contexts, preparing you for the diverse managerial challenges of careers in the cultural sector. Read more
This course engages with the growing importance of culture in a range of policy contexts, preparing you for the diverse managerial challenges of careers in the cultural sector.

Taking the international dimension of cultural policy and management as its starting point, the programme draws on experiences and examples from around the world and gives you the skills needed to anticipate future developments. As well as engaging with the practical realities of cultural and managerial practice, we encourage you to reflect critically on the real-world examples you encounter. A dissertation on a topic of your choice enables you to develop your research skills and follow your academic interests whilst also allowing you to investigate current issues, themes and developments in cultural policy.

You may also choose to undertake a placement with a cultural organisation, giving you the opportunity to hone your cultural management skills. Our programme of guest speakers and careers support will give you insights into current practice and research and highlight the many opportunities available to you.

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Culture and development is a major new subject of policy and research, much of which is driven by a great challenge — how do we use artistic creativity and cultural enterprise as a force for human, social and economic progress?. Read more
Culture and development is a major new subject of policy and research, much of which is driven by a great challenge — how do we use artistic creativity and cultural enterprise as a force for human, social and economic progress?

Informed by development activity undertaken by international bodies such as UNESCO, the UNDP, and the European Union, this course examines the impact of arts and culture in a range of geographical and cultural contexts in ‘advanced’ and ‘developing’ countries, including post-communist societies, religious republics and conflict zones and in small-scale local economies.

You’ll consider the rights and wrongs of using arts and culture in local and international development, and explore how we can use arts and culture to further social justice as well as economic growth. Working collaboratively in cross-cultural teams, you will identify development issues, formulate solutions, devise
projects and construct professional proposals.

The programme equips you with a critical overview of the values and theoretical frameworks in the field; enables you to conduct systematic research into cultural enterprises and their contribution; supports you to critically reflect on their significance; and develops your own vocational direction and capacity for active involvement in development projects.

Explore the power of arts and culture

How are the arts, along with creative and cultural enterprise, increasingly used in policy intervention to stimulate social change and economic growth? What are the rights and wrongs of using arts and culture in local and international development? How can we use arts and culture to further social justice as well as new enterprise and economic benefit?

Create new ideas

This programme is about ideas, but also the pragmatic frameworks of cultural and social enterprise. Ideas emerge through the clash between theory and practice. This requires critical thinking, analysis and the ability to research a wide range of case material. We will devise ways of overcoming divisions, crossing borders, and communicating across cultural boundaries.

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*UK students only. The aims of the course are to enable you to. -Acquire a critical overview of the commercial, legal and cultural frameworks within which creative and media enterprises operate. Read more
*UK students only

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable you to:
-Acquire a critical overview of the commercial, legal and cultural frameworks within which creative and media enterprises operate.
-Acquire a flexible and wide-ranging set of ideas and strategies which can be adapted to different areas of business and different levels of operation in the creative and media industries.
-Develop your own approaches to organisation, strategic planning and marketing.

Course Summary

The MA in Creative and Media Enterprises focuses on the special relationship between creative imagination and strategic management. The course is designed to cut across different industries and contexts and will provide both a broad overview of the creative and media industries and a fresh perspective on managing your own creative business or project.

You will develop a theoretical understanding of the creative and cultural industries and explore the implications that intellectual property, changing business practices and markets hold for creative and media enterprises operating in an emerging creative economy. The course is designed to encourage you to innovate as well as provide you with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to commercialise your ideas or develop your research interests.

The programme treats theoretical analysis as an integral part of practical tasks. You will have an opportunity to reflect on the ideas and ideals which lie behind your work. You will also meet practitioners and experts who will provide you with practical examples and advice for running a successful enterprise.

Navigate Your Own Path

In addition to your two Core Modules you will be able to determine the appropriate balance between practice and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs. You may take the course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must demonstrate that you have oral and written fluency in English. Preference will be given to candidates who have achieved a minimum of Band B at the point of application.

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The aims of the course are to enable you to. -Acquire a critical perspective on cultural policy and management in the public, private and voluntary sectors within an international context. Read more

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable you to:
-Acquire a critical perspective on cultural policy and management in the public, private and voluntary sectors within an international context.
-Develop the skills associated with the practice of cultural management.
-Develop your own specialist knowledge and skills.
-Construct your own programme of studies from a series of options.

Course Summary

The MA in International Cultural Policy and Management takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of cultural policy and management. This is characterised by the theories and approaches applied, the differing backgrounds and expertise of the teaching staff, and the diverse viewpoints in the international student group to which you will belong.

The degree is concerned with both the development of critical perspectives on cultural policy and the acquisition of skills that cultural managers require. Consequently the course emphasises the importance of both theory and practice, and the relationship between them. You will be able to determine the appropriate balance between practice and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs.

Navigate Your Own Path

In addition to your two Core Modules you will be able to determine the appropriate balance between practice and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs. You may take the course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

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Combining recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and ELT methodology, this course offers an innovative approach to teaching drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in more creative and personalised ways. Read more
Combining recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and ELT methodology, this course offers an innovative approach to teaching drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in more creative and personalised ways. It is taught in conjunction with the Centre for Applied Linguistics, which has a particular expertise in ELT.

Balancing the study and practice of drama and ELT as both academic and practical subjects, it is suitable for experienced teachers interested in combining both disciplines (Drama and English Language Teaching) at Master’s level, or for teachers of English as a Foreign Language. You’ll examine how drama can motivate your students, improve their speaking confidence, and enable them to use language in cultural contexts, as well as improving your teacher-student relationships.

Core modules develop and extend your understanding of key approaches to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and English Language Learning (ELT), and provide a solid grounding in drama techniques and approaches. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.

Course structure

Students will split the taught aspects of the course between the Centre for Education Studies and the Centre for Applied Linguistics.

Core modules

-The Role of Story in Drama & Theatre Education
-Drama and Literacy
-ELT Methodology for pre-experience students
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-Issues and Research in ELT for post-experience students
-Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Language Learning
-Literature and Drama in ELT
-Research Methodology for ELT
-Dissertation

Optional modules

Students taking ELT Methodology will also take one of the following optional modules:
-Language Testing
-ICT in ELT
-English for Young Learners or Teacher Education and Development
-Teaching Language and Culture or Management and Leaderships of ELT Institutions

Course delivery and learning styles

The course is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminars, practical workshops which involve group work and self-study.

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As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship. Read more

As a leading global power, the United States and its foreign affairs have a significant impact upon international relations, both in terms of policy and academic scholarship.

This significance has grown in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent “war on terror” in ways that have been reflected in the development of the academic literature and in the increased level of interest in the subject area. With a high concentration of US Foreign Policy experts among PAIS academics, the department is in a unique position to bring cutting-edge, in-depth knowledge and discussion to postgraduate study in this field.

Programme content

This programme focuses on US foreign policy in the context of national security as well as wider aspects of the country’s foreign policy and its impact in the areas of the economy, international relations, and particularly security. Some of the questions you will tackle include:

  • What are the main sources of US foreign policy making?
  • What is the balance between power and principle in US foreign policy?
  • How important is domestic politics in the making of US foreign policy?
  • What are the main threats to US national security and how are they confronted?
  • Why is the US fighting a "war on terror" and can it ever be won?
  • To what degree do economic imperatives drive US foreign policy?
  • What is the utility of US military force after Iraq and Afghanistan?
  • To what extent should US security policy address issues such as poverty and environmental change?
  • Is the US in relative decline as a world power?


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This is a new interdisciplinary degree that allows you to combine study of philosophy with any or all of three arts disciplines. Read more

This is a new interdisciplinary degree that allows you to combine study of philosophy with any or all of three arts disciplines. Warwick has been a home for interdisciplinary work in philosophy and literature since the early days of the university, and this new degree is the successor to Warwick’s long-standing MA in Philosophy and Literature.

Programmme content

The degree is designed to take advantage of Warwick’s strengths across Philosophy, English and Comparative Literary Studies, History of Art, and Film and Television Studies. Warwick has excellent research strength in all of these areas, and it also has lively scholarly interaction across these fields, especially through the programming of the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts(CRPLA). On this programme, you will participate in this intellectual community, pursue advanced study in two or more disciplines, and address questions about philosophy and the arts that speak to students’ individual interests.

  • A first degree in philosophy is not required for you to study on this programme. However, some grounding in theoretical study of one or more arts is essential.
  • You will take a core module entitled Topics in Philosophy and the Arts, and then the further structure of the degree will depend on whether you choose to take the dissertation or non-dissertation route.

If you write a dissertation you will take a total of four modules (allowing a choice from two departments in addition to Philosophy). Your project can be supervised by faculty members from any of the contributing departments. If you take the nondissertation route you will take six modules in total (allowing a choice of modules from all four contributing departments).

Whether you want to continue on to PhD study or whether you’re looking to enter a career outside of academia, this programme is a great foundation. Broadly, this is a degree on which you will have a chance to learn from specialists in the visual, cinematic and literary arts, and from philosophers deeply interested in the arts.

You will also be able to tailor your study in these fields to your own specific backgrounds, interests and goals. For example, if you wish to focus on Philosophy and Literature you can do so through your choice of options, by selecting modules (and developing a dissertation project) in Philosophy and in English and Comparative Literary Studies. Alternatively, you might choose to study different combinations e.g. to focus on Philosophy and Film, or Philosophy, Literature and History of Art.

The Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts runs a seminar series and hosts a range of events bringing these fields together outside of the classroom. As a student here, you would have access to all of these activities and would be encouraged to participate in them.



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Delivered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, the course provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and modern languages. Read more
Delivered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, the course provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and modern languages.

On this course you’ll find yourself at the centre of a unique initiative to engage with, critique, and develop ideas of globalisation, interdisciplinarity and translation that inform a new approach to the study of Shakespeare.

You will form a critical perspective on Shakespeare as a global cultural phenomenon — from Elizabethan England through his transformations and translations to the 21st century — as a catalyst and as a site of resistance to globalisation. You’ll also consider Shakespeare in online media and in films by internationally-acclaimed directors. The course investigates theoretical, historical, performance and pedagogical approaches to Shakespeare’s global afterlives and provides a rich mix of intellectual activity that will support you to become a Shakespearean without borders.

Your first term will be spent at London’s Queen Mary University accessing a variety of theatrical performances at venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre, as well as visiting the many museums, libraries and archives of the capital. The second term is spent at Warwick, located close to Stratford-upon-Avon, where you can access performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the research facilities of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

This is a joint degree with Queen Mary University of London, see: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/125726.html for further module details.

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Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research. Read more
Are you keen to specialise in academic study of your chosen language and culture, and do you have the curiosity and motivation to develop an individual research path, leading potentially to PhD study? This innovative course, combining cross-School taught modules with language specific research, offers an advanced preparation for doctoral research.

You’ll work with the support of leading researchers of international reputation, drawing on our expertise in critical theory, research skills, and key research themes from across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to critical theories and perspectives across the European and North American intellectual traditions, as well as the opportunity to develop your research specialism in French, German, Hispanic or Italian Studies, or in comparative analysis of these cultures. We also provide research skills training, helping you to build subject-specific and transferrable skills.

Our researchers collaborate to teach the core critical modules, and we encourage interdisciplinary teaching or supervision within and outside Modern Languages through optional taught modules, Advanced Study Options, and your dissertation. Advanced Study Options enable you to pursue individual research pathways with the guidance of a tutor or tutors before undertaking your dissertation.

The skills you’ll acquire in research, critical analysis and advanced argumentation, written and oral presentation, project design, and time management will prepare you thoroughly for doctoral research and an academic research career. Equally, you’ll be well placed to pursue professional routes into sectors such as publishing, media, and non-academic research.

Course structure

The MA for Research in Hispanic Studies is suitable for beginning researchers who want to deepen or extend their knowledge before defining a research topic. The course has two parts:
-Taught modules (core Modern Languages theory module plus optional modules and/or guided independent study)
-Dissertation

Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time.
Assessment: 40,000 word dissertation.

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