Research course

Postcolonial 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 Literatures Research Group has an international reputation in postcolonial literatures, broadly conceived as including literary works representing colonial and neo-colonial experience. Particular specialisms include the literatures of South Asia, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Britain and West Africa. The group has been involved in three 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 and Beyond the Frame: Indian-British Connections, 1858-1970. It also hosts the Arts Council-funded magazine of contemporary writing, Wasafiri. 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 series have included Biography, its Subjects and Sources, from Montaigne to Mandela and Romanticism and Postcolonialism.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Fiona Doloughan

          +44 (0)1908 652092