University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Postcolonial and World Literatures

The MLitt in Postcolonial and World Literatures offers the opportunity to study the theoretical, literary, cultural and historical dimensions of contemporary postcolonialism from colonial encounters, to the emergence of the field in the latter half of the 20th Century, through to its current articulation in a globalised era of world literature.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a subject-related area.

Course modules

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.
Students are encouraged to develop their own, individual interests through their choice of an optional module.
Compulsory modules: Students take five compulsory modules. These are taught by weekly seminars led by staff and with an emphasis on student participation.
1. Literary Research: Skills and Resources: trains students in the understanding and use of the essential skills and resources of research in English Studies; it also provides preparation for the MLitt dissertation. 2. Approaches, Theories, Contexts 1: explores the evolution of postcolonialism from theories of colonial discourse and an emergent concept of world literature, to decolonisation and the emergence of postcolonial studies in the late 20th century.
3. Literature and Culture from the Colonial to the Postcolonial: traces the global sweep of literary and cultural histories that have shaped the field of postcolonial studies; enhances students' understanding of the literary texts, films and cultural products that are the subject of postcolonial critique.
4. Approaches, Theories, Contexts 2: focuses on recent interventions that challenge and extend the remit of both postcolonialism and world literature in light of contemporary contexts of globalisation, diaspora and a worlding of literary studies.
5. Postcolonial and World Literatures: aims to map the dimensions of postcolonial and world literatures through a range of contemporary writers and texts drawn from across the globe and which reflect on a new reality of transnationalism, globalisation and post-nationalism.
Optional modules:Students choose one optional module out of the following:
1. Special Topic in English Studies: a directed reading programme which allows students to explore topics in greater depth than is possible in compulsory modules.
2. a compulsory module from another English MLitt programme (see module catalogue)
3. an approved postgraduate-level module outwith the School of English (arranged independently with another school such as Classics, Modern Languages, Divinity or Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies).
Some of the modules listed ran in the academic year 2016-2017 and are indicative of this course; others are new for the academic year 2017-2018. Please note: there is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry.

Assessment methods

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

Sponsorship information

The School of English will award at least two scholarships to MLitt (Masters level) entrants in 2017-2018. All School of English study applicants will receive a unique email link to the postgraduate scholarship and funding catalogue, providing an online portal through which you can apply for all available relevant awards. Scholarships currently offered through the School of English: 1. The Urquhart Scholarship. 2. FMLS Scholarship


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,090 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years

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