MA - Master of Arts
Cultural Studies Area / Diaspora Studies
Discover the richness and diversity of Anglophone postcolonial cultures, their social and historical contexts, and the theoretical issues they raise through literature and related media such as film and music.
This course allows you to discover the immensely varied literatures of the Commonwealth, and to examine their unique histories, contexts, structures and language.
You’ll consider the issues that emerge from the study of postcolonial cultures, and gain an in-depth understanding of how creative outputs like literature, music and cinema engage with issues of race, place, identity, independence and development.
Our teaching and research examine postcolonial cultures from a broad range of perspectives, incorporating insights from related disciplines including geography, anthropology and history.
This flexibility gives you many opportunities to pursue your personal interests, while an independent research project enables you to explore a topic of your choice in even greater depth.
Learning and teaching
You’ll have weekly seminars in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading, and you’ll be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of research seminars and talks by visiting speakers that we arrange throughout the year.
However, independent study is a vital part of the degree, as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas.
Most of our modules are assessed by a single essay of around 4,000 words, which you submit at the end of the semester in which you studied the module. You may also be expected to submit unassessed essays to gain feedback on your work, or give presentations in your seminars.
This programme will equip you with a wide range of high-level transferable skills which are valuable in a wide range of careers.
You’ll be a confident researcher who can work independently as well as within a team. You’ll be a strong communicator, both verbally and in writing, and be able to think critically and analytically. In addition, you’ll have a strong level of cultural and critical awareness, and you’ll be able to look at a situation from different points of view.
All of these qualities are attractive to employers across sectors, and you’ll have the skills to pursue a career in fields including teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising, broadcasting and law. Many of our graduates also progress to PhD-level study and you’ll be well equipped for a career in academia.
Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in English, postcolonial literature or a related subject. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.