University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

This interdisciplinary programme offers students a cultural, literary, theoretical and historiographical foundation in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies. Taking an original, interdisciplinary approach, students study material from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. Working with world literature, film and historical sources, students explore major currents in cultural production and identity politics. Looking at some of the most decisive phenomena the modern world has witnessed, the course develops students' understanding of the complexities of the contemporary era, preparing them for a wide range of professional and intellectual future activities. Students are introduced to a range of authors, and have the opportunity to study works and critical texts which originated in languages other than English. Works are taught in English translation, with the possibility to read them in the original modern languages.

Entry requirements

A degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Core modules: world literatures and Film I and II; postcolonial theory; before Postcolonialism: Europe and its Empires; research methods. Optional modules (choose 1 from): module outside of the main department; dissertation in colonial and postcolonial studies.

Assessment methods

15,000-word dissertation


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

College of Arts and Law Graduate School