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2022/23 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. Appropriate IELTS.

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:

The programme will allow participating students to discover the richness and diversity of Anglophone postcolonial cultures, their social and historical contexts, and the theoretical but also practical issues they raise. An understanding of these issues will allow students to gain an in-depth knowledge of how creative outputs like literature, music, and film engage with race, place and identity across a variety of contexts, from the stereotyping of Turks, Moors and Jews in the Renaissance to the global ‘migration crisis’ and Black Lives Matter movement of present times.

Leeds is widely recognised as being the national leader in this field, and the MA accordingly attracts students of the highest calibre from all over the world. The most ambitious scheme of its kind in the UK, the MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies is distinctive in that it covers the entire range of the field, which is represented by no fewer than seven School-based specialists working in such areas as decolonial thought and anti-colonial struggle, states of refuge and asylum, postcolonial ecocriticism, indigenous knowledges, and postcolonial representations.

The unmatched scope and scale of the MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies will allow students to examine postcolonial societies and cultures from a broad range of perspectives. This flexibility gives students many opportunities to pursue their personal interests, while an independent research project (the MA dissertation) enables them to explore a topic of their choice in even greater depth. While the degree is a discrete 12-month taught degree, it also provides essential groundwork for doctoral study and a unique opportunity to develop strong PhD applications in consultation with potential supervisors. Specialist resources at Leeds include the Brotherton Library, one of the best research libraries in the UK with holdings across the entire range of postcolonial literatures/cultures and special collections in a number of areas directly relating to the postcolonial field. Participating students will also be welcome to participate in a lively and inclusive postgraduate research culture in the School and beyond, as represented in such early career scholar-oriented bodies as the cross-disciplinary Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (ICPS), the Leeds University Centre of African Studies (LUCAS), and the Postcolonial Research Group (PRG). These collectives and others like them hold regular workshops, conferences and other activities and events in which MA students are actively encouraged to get involved.

A wide range of option modules will allow participating students to shape the programme to their own personal desires and interests, and as they progress through their studies they will apply what they have learned to their independent research project, which will be expertly supervised. Topics chosen for research projects must lie within the field of Postcolonial literary and cultural studies.

Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth)

Optional modules:

Candidates must take a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 120 credits from the list of programme-specific option modules listed below.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5343MAfricas of the Mind30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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

A maximum of 60 credits may be taken from the list of all other English MA modules. Some modules are subject to availability - see individual descriptions.

ENGL5100MThe Long Poem: Self, Land, Witness30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5117MRomantic Identities: Literary Constructions of the Self, 1789-182130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5345MReading (with) Psychoanalysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5752MThe Brontes30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5756MFictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5817MShakespeare's Tyrants30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5831MFeeling Time30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5833MThe Magic of Mimesis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5834MRomantic Ecologies30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5837MVictorian New Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5847MWar, Mourning, Memory: 1914-193930 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5850MCulture and Anarchy: 1945-196830 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5860MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Race and Identity in English Renaissance Drama30 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: 29/04/2022 15:50:48


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