MA African Studies (Literature Pathway)

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

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literature in Africa. The programme is unique in the way 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 literature in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.


Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. For students on a literature pathway, the dissertation must be on a subject in African Literature.

All modules are subject to availability.

Core Module

  • Literature in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in African Studies 15PAFC990 (60 credits) Full Year - Full Year

Compulsory African Literature Modules

Students must take a minimum of 30 credits from the following list. You may take more.

  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 (15credits) Term 2

Optional Modules

Students can take 60 credits from the following list.

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Structure of Bantu Languages (PG) 15PAFH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Directed Readings in an African Language 15PAFC147 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 (15credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 (15credits) Term 2
  • Arts and Society in sub-Saharan Africa 15PARH052 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
  • Photography and the Image in Africa 15PARH082 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Music in Africa: Critical Listening 15PMUH028 (15credits) Term 2
  • Music in Africa: Travelling on a Song 15PMUH026 (15credits) Term 1
  • Atlantic Africa: Musical Rebels and Divas 15PMUH029 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Atlantic Africa: Players in the Mediation of African Popular Music 15PMUH027 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Colonial Conquest and Social Change in Southern Africa 15PHIH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Social and Cultural Transformations in Southern Africa Since 1945 15PHIH003 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries 15PHIH028 (15credits) Term 2
  • Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa 15PHIH029 (15credits) Term 1
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Colonialism and Christian Missions in Africa: Readings from the Archives 15PSRH043 (15credits) Term 2
  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Somali: Formal Usage (PG) 15PAFC148 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Practical Translation Swahili into English 15PAFH014 (15credits) Term 1
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 1 (PG) 15PAFC128 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Zulu 2 (PG) 15PAFC129 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Zulu 3 (PG) 15PAFC137 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
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