MA Postcolonial Studies

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 decolonization, 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 members. 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.


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 the appropriate level as one of your modules.

Please follow the structure below.

Compulsory Module

  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC998 (60 credits) 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 Works of literature and Cultures:

  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 15 Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Works of literature in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Works of literature of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 (30 credits) Full Year
  • War, Revolution, and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 (15credits) Term 1
  • English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 (15credits) Term 2

Media and Film:

  • Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millennium 15PJKH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • 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
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 (15credits) Term 2
  • Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Global Media and Postnational Communication: Theoretical & Contemporary Issues 15PMSC003 (30 credits) Full Year

Gender Studies:

  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Gendering Migration & Diasporas 15PGNH002 (15credits) Term 2

Diaspora Studies:

  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Modern World 15PANH010 (15credits) Term 1
  • African and Asian Cultures in Britain 15PANH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity 15PMSH004 (15credits) Term 2
  • Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 (15credits) Term 1
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