University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Postcolonial Literary and Cultural studies

This course explores the richness and diversity of new writings in English, paying attention to their innovative experiments with form and language, to their several histories and specific socio-cultural contexts, and to the critical and theoretical issues raised by colonial and postcolonial literatures. Attention is also paid to other modes of cultural production, such as film and music, and to the relation between literary studies and other disciplines, including history, geography and anthropology. The cross-disciplinary Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies both extends and enhances research and teaching in the area. You will be taught in weekly seminars in small groups by the School's specialists in postcolonial literary and cultural studies. The course aims to provide a conceptual basis for comparative literary and cultural analysis, and to improve written and spoken communication skills.

Entry requirements

Good 1st degree (1st or 2.1) or its equivalent in English or in a closely related subject; some knowledge of post-colonial literatures is an advantage; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with no grade below 6.0.

Course modules

You will study 2 compulsory modules and 3 option modules, 1 of which can be taken outside of the programme or outside of the School. Option modules cover the literatures of South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well as black British writing.

Assessment methods

The research project/dissertation module is studied over both Semesters, with students working towards the submission deadline at the end of the course in September. Chosen research projects/dissertation topics must lay within the field of postcolonial literary and cultural studies.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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