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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies

Programme code:MA-PL&CS-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Graham Huggan Contact

This programme is available to UK and EU applicants for part time study (over 2 academic years). Please contact for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English or Postcolonial Literature, or a degree scheme including English or Postcolonial Literature, or in a related subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Programme specification:

This MA scheme is distinctive in being the most comprehensive of its kind within English departments in the UK. As such, it explores the diversity and richness of new writings in English from the five regions of the Commonwealth into which the postcolonial field is conventionally divided; and it examines the theoretical issues raised by colonial and postcolonial literatures.

A compulsory module provides an overview of the subject and option modules cover the literatures of South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as black British writing. Chosen research projects / dissertation projects must lay within the field of Postcolonial literary and cultural studies.

This distinctive programme allows students to develop an existing enthusiasm for the literatures from Commonwealth countries and to explore further those areas of the subject which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5841MStudying English: Research Methods30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates must take a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 90 credits from the list of programme-specific option modules listed below and/or a maximum of 30 credits from the list of all available English modules.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5343MAfricas of the Mind30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.

Elective modules:

Up to 30 credits of discovery modules may be taken (from outside the School of English, subject to availability).

Last updated: 24/05/2021 12:50:44


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