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English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures)

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures) MA programme at the University of Southampton considers how different postcolonial cultures have transformed genre and form; and how the global intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora have changed our ways of reading literature’s worldliness.


Course Details

The English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures) MA programme at the University of Southampton will give you the opportunity to specialise in the literature, culture, and history of the postcolonial world. It is taught by world-leading experts who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent thinking in postcolonial theory, history, and criticism; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how postcolonial literature, culture and history transforms our understanding of the pressing global issues such as climate change, human rights, sovereignty, security, conflict, and more. The English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures) programme is offered at University of Southampton.

Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar in the field or as a professional in areas such as broadcasting, international development, public administration, creative writing, secondary school teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing.

The MA English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning the legacies of colonialism and imperialism, the aftermath of decolonization, the relationship between gender and nationalism, and the fault lines within postcolonial national narratives; and to evaluate unique publications and archival resources specific to the study of postcolonial literatures. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature and culture of postcolonial and world literatures; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of postcolonial writing and world literature.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • English Dissertation
  • Adventures in Literary Research
  • Writing for Children and Young People
  • The Art and Craft of Fiction
  • Special Project (Text, Context, Intertext)
  • Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory)
  • Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Approaches to Jane Austen

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You'll need a 2:1 degree in English literature or a related subject.
  • You will also need to provide a sample of written work for assessment. The sample should be approximately 2,500 words in length.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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