English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature) at University of Southampton - UCAS

University of Southampton

Degree level: Postgraduate

English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature) (Taught)

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Course summary

Explore postcolonialism and world literature with a master’s degree at the University of Southampton. Our course gives you the chance to specialise in postcolonial and world literary culture, covering topics such as legacies of colonialism and imperialism, aftermath of decolonisation, relationship between gender and nationalism and fault lines in postcolonial national narratives. On completion of the course, you’ll be ready for a career in teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing or heritage. You’ll get the chance to carry out advanced research and independent critical thinking, and to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries.This pathway is linked to the Southampton Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies. This group brings together academics, writers and research students to explore the practices, experiences and legacies of imperial power in a global setting, from the early-modern period to the present. The centre also hosts events including seminars, workshops and conferences.


Optional modules include: The Art and Craft of Fiction; Themes in Imperial History; Themes in Jewish History; Themes in Modern British History; Nation, Culture, Power; Memory in National and Transnational Contexts. For a full list of modules please visit: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/english-literary-studies-postcolonial-world-literatures-masters-ma#modules

Assessment method

Essays, projects and 15,000 word thesis.

How to apply

International applicants

English language: Band D, IELTS 6.5 overall score with at least 6.5 in Reading and Writing and at least 6.0 in Speaking and Listening.

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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 6.0

All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information


Sponsorship information

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/funding/postgraduate.page

English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature) at University of Southampton - UCAS