Taught course

Postcolonial and World Literatures

University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 honours undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a subject-related area.

Months of entry


Course content

Course information

The year-long MLitt in Postcolonial and Word Literatures is an intensive taught programme of study which aims to foster the next generation of scholars in postcolonial and world literary studies.

Covering both postcolonial and world literatures, this course offers a unique opportunity to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of a global range of theories and literatures focusing on European colonialism and its legacies today, while working with research-active experts in a wide range of relevant topics.


  • The UK’s first combined Master’s programme in Postcolonial and World Literatures.
  • Achieve an in-depth knowledge of postcolonial studies in light of renewed scholarly interest in world literatures, and in dialogue with research staff.
  • Explore a global range of writers from the colonial to the contemporary on a programme that offers a comprehensive training in postcolonial and world literary studies.
  • Develop your skills as a researcher within a specific area of study by taking special topic modules.

Teaching format

In each semester students take one module that concentrates on the literature of the field and one module that engages with the field’s theoretical, cultural and historical developments.

All compulsory modules will be taught in small groups (typically of 10 to 15). Students will have weekly classes for each module, which will typically take the form of a mixture of lecture and seminar, allowing for both independent and group study in a supportive framework of teaching and learning.

Modules are assessed through oral presentations, learning journals and coursework essays.

Students are encouraged to develop their own, individual interests through their choice of an optional module.

Information for international students

International students are expected to achieve IELTS overall grade 8.0 with 8.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 462668