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; Approaches to the Long Twentieth Century. Optional modules: Modernisms and Modernities; Literature and Race; Poetry and the City; Literature and Law; Sweatshops, Sex Workers, and Asylum Seekers: World Literature after Globalisation; Special Project: Text, Context, Inter-text; Special Project: Text, Culture, Theory; other relevant MA English or History modules; another Humanities or Winchester School of Art MA module.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062