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African Languages, Cultures and Literatures Section

MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa. The MA programme is unique in the way that it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. The module ‘Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature’ provides theoretical and methodological skills while the programme’s other units focus on specific areas such as literatures in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.

See African Languages, Cultures and Literatures department

Why study African Studies (Literature Pathway) at SOAS

  • SOAS ranks 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in UK
  • we are specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • gain in-depth understanding of one these key world regions, grounded in the study of one or more languages of the region
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world
  • solid methodological and interdisciplinary foundation
  • students have an opportunity to develop a holistic and integrated approach to the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East through their languages and cultures

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only)

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£11,520
Overseas fees:
£22,500

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Structure

Structure

Dissertation

NB: For students on the Literature pathway, the dissertation (10,000 words) must be on a subject in African Literature.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in African Studies 15PAFC990 60 Full Year
Taught Component
AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Literature options below to the value of 30 credits

AND
Guided Option

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

AND

Choose a module(s) from the List of Modules below to the value of 30 credits

OR
Open Option

Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 30 credits

List of Modules (subject to availability)
Anthropology (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 2
Art
Module Code Credits Term
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 2
Economics
History
Module Code Credits Term
Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa (PG) 15PHIH003 15 Term 1
Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 15 Term 2
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PHIH029 15 Term 2
Language (minor only)
Module Code Credits Term
Amharic 1 A (PG) 15PAFH021 15 Term 1
Amharic 1 B (PG) 15PAFH022 15 Term 2
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 A (PG) 15PAFH027 15 Term 1
Hausa 1 B (PG) 15PAFH028 15 Term 2
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year
Somali 1 A (PG) 15PAFH023 15 Term 1
Somali 1 B (PG) 15PAFH024 15 Term 2
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
Swahili 1 A (PG) 15PAFH029 15 Term 1
Swahili 1 B (PG) 15PAFH030 15 Term 2
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 15 Term 1
Yoruba 1 A (PG) 15PAFH025 15 Term 1
Yoruba 1 B (PG) 15PAFH026 15 Term 2
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
Zulu 1 A (PG) 15PAFH019 15 Term 1
Zulu 1 B (PG) 15PAFH020 15 Term 2
Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 30 Full Year
Law
Module Code Credits Term
Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 30 Full Year
Linguistics
Literature
Module Code Credits Term
Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the African Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 15 Term 2
Advanced Somali: Literature (PG) 15PAFH018 15 Term 2
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Philosophy and Decolonisation (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2
Media
Politics
Module Code Credits Term
The Politics of Africa 15PPOC257 30 Full Year
Religious Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Religions and Development 15PSRH049 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary. 

More information is on the page for each module.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge
  • Students will acquire knowledge and critical awareness of current issues and/or insights into Africa from the perspective of at least two social sciences and/or humanities disciplines.
  • Students will have the opportunity of gaining knowledge or further knowledge of an African language.
  • Students will gain specialised and in-depth knowledge in one particular area of the study of Africa and from disciplinary perspective.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Students will develop a critical and analytical approach to issues relating to Africa in the disciplinary areas chosen.
  • Students will develop skills of synthesizing materials from a variety of sources and presenting these in writing and orally in an academic context.
  • Students will have the opportunity of researching topics which have been little commented on in the secondary literature and thus develop research skills by working on primary sources.
Subject-based practical skills
  • Students will gain specific knowledge of aspects of African life, which will prepare them for working in Africa.
  • The specialist knowledge developed in the individual courses will allow students to add an academically grounded perspective to their particular subsequent work context.
  • If a student takes an African language they will have a strong practical skill, which will help them in any context where the language is used and which will also be of benefit if they need to learn another language in the future.
Transferable skills
  • Through managing their studies students will develop the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
  • In researching and writing coursework and the dissertation students will develop research and writing skills.
  • Students will develop the skills of independent learning required for continuing onto a research degree or for professional development.

Learning resources

  • Useful resources from the African Languages, Cultures and Literatures department.
  • SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 3 tuition fee)

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
Intensive Language only
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
UK
Students
Overseas
Students
£11,520 £22,500 £5,760 £11,250 £3,840 £7,500 £5,760 £11,250

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.

Recent School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics graduates have been hired by:

  • Africa Matters
  • Amnesty International
  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • BBC World Service
  • British High Commission
  • Council for British Research in the Levant
  • Department for International Development
  • Edelman
  • Embassy of Jordan
  • Ernst & Young
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Google
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Middle East Eye
  • Saïd Foundation
  • TalkAbout Speech Therapy
  • The Black Curriculum
  • The Telegraph
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
  • Wall Street Journal

Find out about our Careers Service.

A Student's Perspective

I had studied in an international school in India that focused a lot on extracurricular activities, and going to SOAS seemed like a natural continuation of my studies.

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