SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

MA Postcolonial Studies


Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 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 Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA Postcolonial Studies Programme offers a focus on the historical relationships of power, domination and practices of imperialism and colonialism in the modern period (late nineteenth-century to the present) through the study of literature and culture. 

The core module will introduce a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the literature, film and media of these areas. A range of literary, filmic and theoretical texts from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Near and Middle East will normally be included in the reading list. These will address representations of colonialism and decolonisation, neo-colonialism, nationalism in postcolonial societies and diasporic experiences, allowing us to explore the heterogeneous meanings, intersections and strategies of analysis that have emerged with reference to postcolonial studies. 

Attention will be paid to colonial and postcolonial constructs such as: the Oriental, the Global, the Cosmopolitan, the Third World and the multicultural. The core module of the programme introduces and analyses interdisciplinary theories and ideological practices around a set of historical and current issues from various regions of Asia and Africa. The range of minors offers students more opportunities to explore interdisciplinarity and regional specificities.

Why this programme is special at SOAS

Postcolonial MA Programmes offered in London and other UK institutions are located within the field of English Studies or the Social Sciences. The Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) is uniquely positioned to offer an inter-disciplinary Postcolonial Studies MA programme which gives students an opportunity to understand and negotiate the field of postcolonial studies with recourse to interdisciplinarity and to theoretical explications from the regions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. SOAS offers a unique range of regional expertise available amongst the CCLPS’s faculty membership. The Programme also offers a timely intervention at a time when there is a national and international crisis in the understanding of multiculturalism, race relations and religious and national affiliations.

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules.  You may take a 30 credit language acquisition module at appropriate level as one of your modules.

Please follow the structure below.

Compulsory Module
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Dissertation in Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC998 60 Full Year
Optional Modules

Students can take 90 credits from the list below or 60 credits from the list below and a 30 credit language acquisition module.

Regional Literatures and Cultures:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 30 Full Year
Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 30 Full Year
Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 30 Full Year
Literatures in African languages 15PAFC124 30 Full Year
Literatures of South Asia 15PSAC284 30 Full Year
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 30 Full Year
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 2
Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Media and Film:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical & Contemporary Issues 15PMSC003 30 Full Year
Gender Studies:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Gendering migration & diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 1
Diaspora Studies:
Module Code Credits Term Availability
African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 15 Term 1
African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 15 Term 2
Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • To develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the histories, politics and theoretical concepts deployed by the term Postcolonial, postcolonialism and postcoloniality.
  • How to think critically about the contexts of exploration and colonialism in relation to postcolonial societies.
  • Understanding different approaches to culture, nationalism, multiculturalism, migration, gender and race in the context of post-colonial societies.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • Critically analyse a variety of theoretical material
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand academic conventions and to write analytically and reflectively
  • Construct and present arguments, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically about postcolonial issues in a number of disciplines
  • Engender original approaches and strategies
Subject-based practical skills
  • Write effectively and analytically
  • Retrieve, sift and analyse information from a variety of sources.
  • Present to audiences: listen, engage and interact.
  • Practice research techniques in a variety of specialized research libraries and institutes
Transferrable skills
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Critically evaluate arguments
  • Formally present their research findings to a public audience
  • Integrate as team members in a group
  • Utilise a variety of multi-media academic resources
  • Work within a set deadline period

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-timePart-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 Years
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

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

Employment

MA Postcolonial Studies graduates gain competency in intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the subject wiill be developed through the study of literature, film and media of these areas. Graduates leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include:written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem-solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

The interdisciplinary nature of the program creates a profound synthesis of academic fields that is invigorating and challenging. I can't recommend this course enough for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of our contemporary world.

Tetsuhiko Endo

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