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MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)

MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)

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Full time | SOAS, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Africa: Literature African Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

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.

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

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

Modules

The module explores literary experimentation in novels in African languages. The discussion on science fiction and Afrofuturism enables a shift in focus: a look at Africa from its (imagined) future, which also leads to a rethinking of narratives of Africa's past. While science fiction is a genre whose relevance to Africa has often been questioned, Afrophone writers have in fact written sci-fi novels in several African languages and the genre seems to be experiencing a new boom in the 21st century.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

11,980

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

23,400

Entry requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

University information

At SOAS University of London, students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and to think globally. SOAS is the leading higher education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East, offering over a hundred postgraduate programmes, all taught by world-class specialists. The central London campus is home to a large postgraduate community, with 45% of students studying towards a...more

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