Taught course

English Studies (Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures)

The University of Manchester · English and American Studies

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class honours degree or its overseas equivalent, in English or a closely related area.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA stresses the plurality of materials and perspectives as course options will touch on disciplines as varied as cultural theory, literary history, national and regional literatures, gender and sexuality as well as representation itself. The decision to use the plural forms of the key terms 'literature' and 'culture' also reflects our intention to signal the discursive and ideological diversity and openness of the debates to which students will be introduced. This broad programmatic scope will appeal to students as it leaves plenty of leeway for individual specialisation and whilst profoundly historical in its overall stance, the programme never looses sight of the present as its most immediate point of reference.

Module details:
Typical compulsory course-units and optional course units include, Postcolonial Cultures: Gender, Identity and Community; England, Identity and Writing: The Empire and After, 1918-1990; Colonial Discouse and Postcolonial Theory; The Irish and Scottish Migrant Imagination; Art and Ethnography; Gender and Postcolonial Theory; Colonial Modernity and the Public Sphere; South Asian and/or Middle Eastern Art and Architecture; British Colonialism and its Legacy in Burma; Is America Postcolonial.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL.

Fees and funding

See the school website for current information, or contact the Admissions Administrator.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322