SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Postcolonial Studies (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2019

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

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.

See School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Why study MA Postcolonial Studies 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.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

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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Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£10,680
Overseas fees:
£21,980

Fees for 2021/22 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

Convenors

Q&A

Q&A with Dr David Lunn

Dr David Lunn introduces the MA Postcolonial Studies and explains what makes the course so special.

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Q&A video with David Lunn, MA Postcolonial Studies

Structure

Structure

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

Programme

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Core Module

Students take the following module

Module Code Credits Term
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Students select a further 90 credits from the list of Guided Options below which may include 30 credits of approproate level language aquisition modules and 30 credits from the list of Postgraduate Open Options.
Literatures and Cultures
Module Code Credits Term
Comparative Literature: Methodology and Critique 15PCSH004 15 Full Year
Comparative Literature: A New Era 15PCSH005 15 Term 2
Contemporary African Literature (PG) 15PAFH032 15 Term 2
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies I: History and Politics 15PNMH006 15 Term 1
Critical Perspectives on Palestine Studies II: Culture and Society 15PNMH007 15 Term 2
Cultural Studies: Origins, Development, Methodologies 15PCSH003 15 Full Year
Cultural Studies: New Horizons 15PCSH006 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1
Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 15PAFH031 15 Term 1
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 15 Term 2
Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature (PG) 15PNMH032 15 Term 1
The Making of Modern Korea 15PJKH032 15 Term 2
The Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia 15PSAC314 30 Credits
Translating Cultures 1 15PJKH019 15 Term 1
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 2
World Literature (PG) 15PCSH002 15 Term 2
Media and Film
Module Code Credits Term
East Asian Cinema (PG) 15PCHH051 15 Term 1
Global Film Industries 15PARH098 15 Term 1
Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications 15PMSH003 15 Term 2
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Prejudice, Conspiracy and Misinformation: Understanding Media in a Post-Truth Environment 15PMSH038 15 Term 1
Topics in Global Media and Communication 15PMSH037 15 Term 2
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Gender theory and the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNC002 30 Full Year
Historical Perspectives on Gender in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PHIH029 15 Term 2
Queer Politics in Asia, Africa and the Middle East 15PGNH007 15 Term 2
Queering Migrations and Diasporas 15PGNH002 15 Term 2
History and Societies
Module Code Credits Term
Colonial curricula: empire and education at SOAS and beyond 15PHIH054 15 Term 1
Community, Religion, and Conflict in South Asian History 15PHIH041 15 Term 1
Debating Pasts, Crafting Histories 15PHIC033 30 Full Year
Empire and Reform in the Modern Middle East, 1789-1914 15PHIH031 15 Term 1
Empire, Law, and Citizenship in the Middle East and the Balkans 15PHIH049 15 Term 2
From Palestine to Israel: 1900 to 1948 15PNMH021 15 Term 1
Iran: History, Culture, Politics 15PNMC405 30 Full Year
Israel and the Palestinians: from 1948 to Oslo 15PNMH022 15 Term 2
Language, Identity and Society in Africa (PG) 15PAFH033 15 credits
Nationalism and Revolution in the Modern Middle East, 1914-1979 15PHIH032 15 Term 2
Race, Segregation, and Apartheid in Twentieth-century South Africa (PG) 15PHIH003 15 Term 1
The Afghanistan Wars, 1979 to the Present 15PHIH056 15 Term 1
Turkey: Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 30 credits
Diaspora Studies
Module Code Credits Term
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries 15PANH085 15 Term 2
Law
Module Code Credits Term
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Development Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Aid and Development 15PDSH027 15 Term 2
Borders and Development 15PDSH023 15 Term 1
Feminist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH073 15 Term 2
Partnerships Beyond Borders: NGOs, Social Movements and Civil Society in Transnational Development 15DISD230 30
Religions and Philosophies
Module Code Credits Term
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Muslim Britain: Perspectives and Realities (15Cr) 15PSRH061 15 Term 1
Religion in Global Politics: Theories and Themes 15PSRC174 30 Full Year
Religion, Nationhood and Ethnicity in Judaism 15PSRH030 15 Term 2
Politics and International Studies
Module Code Credits Term
Political Theory, Race and Empire 15PPOH045 15 Term 1
The Politics of Central Africa: Social Rupture and Reconfiguration in the Great Lakes Region 15PPOH063 15 Term 1
The Politics of Southern Africa: Rule and Resistance after Apartheid 15PPOH069 15 Term 2
Violence, justice and the politics of memory 15PPOH019 15 Term 1
Economics
Module Code Credits Term
Economic development of Africa (PG) 15PECH034 15 Term 2
Economic development in the Asia Pacific region 15PECC030 15 Term 2
Political Economy of Development and Change in the Middle East 15PECC028 15 Term 1
Art and Music
Module Code Credits Term
Key Themes in Hip Hop Studies 15PMUH032 15 Term 2
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 2
Music in Development 15PMUC034 15 Term 2
Music in Global Perspective 15PMUH031 15 Term 2
Music, Place and Politics in Cuba 15PMUH015 15 Term 1

 

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

Contact hours

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.

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 outcome

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

Learning resources

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 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
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£10,680 £21,980 £5,340 £10,990 £3,560 £7,330 £5,340 £10,990

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%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our 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 – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 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

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.

Skills gained

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
  • 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.

Careers

For more information about Graduate Destinations, visit our 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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