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African Studies (Literature Pathway)

SOAS University of London

12 months
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22500 GBP/year
11520 GBP/year
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The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) from SOAS University of London enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa.  

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Overview

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)from SOAS University of London is unique in the way it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. The module ‘Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature’ provides theoretical and methodological skills while the programme’s other units focus on specific areas such as literatures in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.

Careers

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories.  

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the problems that contemporary societies now face. The MA African Literature can lead to further study and research, however there is also a range of opportunities in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Archive work
  • Arts Management
  • Media

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Culture and Society of West Africa
  • Culture and Society of East Africa
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

180 alternative credits

120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or international equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. 
  • If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one year diploma before entering the masters programme. 
  • Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11520 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11520 GBP per year during 12 months.

PT fees (2 years):

  • UK - 5,760 GBP/year.
  • Overseas  - 11,250 GBP/year.

PT fees (3 years):

  • UK - 3,840 GBP/year.
  • Overseas - 7,500 GBP/year.

PT fees (4 years - intensive language only):

  • UK - 5,760 GBP/year.
  • Overseas  - 11,250 GBP/year.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Felix Non- Indian Scholarship
  • Felix Scholarships
  • John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship
  • Postgraduate SOAS Global Impact Award
  • SOAS International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship
  • SOAS Master's Scholarships
  • Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship
  • Tibawi Trust Award

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