Research course

Postcolonial and Global literatures

Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) and an MA (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group has an international reputation in postcolonial literary studies, and engages with literary works representing colonial, neo-colonial and contemporary global experience. Particular specialisms include the literatures of South Asia, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Britain and West Africa.

The group has been involved in five major externally funded projects The Postcolonial History of the Book, The Indian Ocean: Narratives of Literature and Law, Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950, Beyond the Frame: Indian-British Connections, and Planned Violence Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures Literature. It has editorial board affiliations with the journals Wasafiri, Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

A major recent research project was Alex Tickell’s editing of Volume 10 of the Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in South and South East Asia which was published in 2019. Members of the group, including our postgraduate students, organise regular conferences, seminar series and workshops both in Milton Keynes and the Institute of English Studies, London. Recent events have included symposia and conferences on ‘Writing Malaysia and Singapore’, ‘Citizenship, Infrastructure and the Postcolonial’ and ‘Infrastructural Reading'.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us (details below).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Alex Tickell
+44 (0)1908 652092