Taught course

Postcolonial and World Literature

Maynooth University · Department of English

Entry requirements

B.A. in English or cognate discipline, with 2.1 or higher, or international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Postcolonial and WorldLiteratures offers a unique opportunityto follow a programme in the field of Irishcultural studies that is tailored to thestudent’s particular research interests. The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures is a fully modular MA programme, offered in conjunction with the MA in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, making it possible to select a combination of modules from both programmes.

The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures will provide the chance both to study the literatures of colonial and postcolonial cultures, and to consider the ways in which certain forms of writing (whether particular novelists, or Shakespeare) become ‘global’ writers. In addition, there are fascinating links to be made between Irish literature, and the fields of postcolonial and global literatures, and the modular structure of the programme makes it possible for students in the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures to take modules from the MA in Irish Literature and Culture.

This modular structure also makes other specialisations possible: for instance, students interested in gender may take modules from across the suite of MA programmes to make up a programme with a concentration in this area; by the same token, a student with an interest in modernism might take modules from across both programmes to Follow a specialism in that area. The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures also contains modules in cultural theory, and research skills, and students spend the summer months writing a dissertation on a research relevant topic of their choosing, under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850.

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here: Fees, funding & scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of English