SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

African Literature

The programme enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa; it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories; its core course provides theoretical and methodological skills while its other sections focus on specific areas such as African language literatures and contemporary African literature in English.

Entry requirements

Minimum Upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent); IELT of overall 7+ with at least 7 in all sub scores; Pearson Test of English � Academic: Score of 75 or above with at least 70 in all sub scores.

Course modules

Core modules: literatures in African languages. List A: Pan-African Courses: travelling Africa: writing the cape to Cairo; theory and techniques of comparative literature; aspects of African film and video 1; aspects of African film and video 2; research methods in translation studies; African philosophy; afrophone philosophies. List B: Language-specific Courses: practical translation from and into Swahili.

Assessment methods

A 10,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,260 per Academic year (home fees) 1 calendar years
MA Full-time £ 16,090 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 calendar years
MA Part-time £ 2,420 per Academic year (home fees) 2 calendar years
MA Part-time £ 5,364 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700