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English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures) (MA)

Master of Arts
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
January 2021

COVID-19: we have updated the start date for this course

About this course

Explore postcolonialism and world literature with a master’s degree at the University of Southampton.

Our course gives you the chance to specialise in postcolonial and world literary culture, covering topics such as:

  • legacies of colonialism and imperialism
  • aftermath of decolonisation
  • relationship between gender and nationalism
  • fault lines in postcolonial national narratives

On completion of the course, you’ll be ready for a career in teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing or heritage.

You’ll get the chance to carry out advanced research and independent critical thinking, and to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries.

This pathway is linked to the Southampton Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies. This group brings together academics, writers and research students to explore the practices, experiences and legacies of imperial power in a global setting, from the early-modern period to the present. The centre also hosts events including seminars, workshops and conferences.

We offer a flexible module structure which is designed to give you an advanced understanding of cultural analysis, textual interpretation and theoretical method.

You’ll explore the interrelations of text, theory and culture across the field of English literary and cultural studies. We’ll work with you to:

  • develop your knowledge of critical and research methods
  • raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature in various periods
  • explore the role of literature in a contested cultural framework

The part-time study option for this course will not be running in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader has research interests in Anglophone postcolonial world literatures, postcolonial theory, critical theory, poetics and politics, visual culture and globalisation. Visit Professor Stephen Morton’s staff profile to learn more about his work.

We offer 3 other specialist pathways on our MA English Literary Studies degree:

If you'd prefer a more general approach you can choose individual modules from each pathway.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.