Taught course

English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English literature or a cognate discipline

Months of entry


Course content

The programme comprises a wide range of topics and approaches, enabling students to practise textual, cultural and theoretical modes of analysis important to advanced research in English and the humanities in general. The dissertation allows you to focus on a single topic. This pathway explores the emergence of postcolonial and world literatures in English, and the histories of empire and decolonization underpinning these literatures. It considers how different postcolonial cultures have transformed genre and form; and how the global intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora have changed our ways of reading literature’s worldliness.

Core module: Adventures in Literary Research.

Optional modules: Literature and Race; Sweatshops, Sex Workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature after Globalisation; From Conquest to Colonisation; Nehru’s India; Imperialism and Decolonisation; The Empire Strikes Back; Literature and Law; other relevant MA English or History modules; another Humanities or Winchester School of Art MA module.

Plus dissertation

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062