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English Literature: Postcolonial and Global Literatures

MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )

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The Postcolonial and Global Literatures pathway offers students the opportunity to explore writing from the classic to the contemporary, in postcolonial and global contexts, while studying in the heart of London’s East End with its distinctive histories of migration.

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The pathway draws on our unparalleled academic expertise across this field – Queen Mary’s English department has one of the largest groups of postcolonial and global literary researchers in the UK. We specialize in a variety of regions, such as South Africa, India, Iraq and the Caribbean, among others, with interests that span from the graphic narrative to multilingualism and migrant identities. Our recent publications include work on Present Imperfect (by Andrew van der Vlies), World War I in Mesopotamia (by Nadia Atia) and Writing British Muslims (by Rehana Ahmed), and we have a number of ongoing and forthcoming projects, including works on Bad English (Rachael Gilmour), Memories of Empire (Bill Schwartz) and Contemporary Partition Literature (Charlotta Salmi). We are also home to Wasafiri, the renowned magazine for International Contemporary Writing, and its New Writing Prize.

One of the pathway’s compulsory modules, ‘Peripheral Modernities’, will give you a thorough grounding in concepts of modernity, globalisation, and culture as viewed from the global peripheries. You will also be able to shape the pathway through our elective modules, whether studying literatures from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South Asia and its diasporas, or the East End of London; or exploring interdisciplinary fields like translation studies, cartography, or book history in postcolonial and global contexts. You will have the opportunity to use research resources like the Black Cultural Archive, the George Padmore Institute Archive, and the India Office Records at the British Library.

This is a broad and interdisciplinary pathway, which nevertheless provides a specialized, research-led programme of study ideal for those wishing to go on to pursue PhD study in related fields. The programme also engages with the critical present and provides a wide range of academic and transferable skills allowing graduates to pursue a wide range of career pathways, including teaching, publishing, or working within the cultural industries.

See the School of English and Drama website for more information.

Structure

The Postcolonial and Global Literatures pathway is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

You will take four assessed modules and two non-assessed research training modules before proceeding to the 15,000-word dissertation.

Assessed modules are taught in weekly two-hour seminars. The research-training module will involve visits to archives and galleries which may each take up an afternoon. The dissertation is supervised through sessions with a specially designated supervisor. In addition to the timetabled sessions, you will be asked to attend meetings with your adviser and course tutor. You will also need to undertake many hours of independent learning and research in order to progress at the required level. When coursework deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.

Full-time

You will take four assessed modules (two in each semester) and two non-assessed research training module (one in each semester) before proceeding to the 15,000-word dissertation.

Part-time

We understand the need for flexibility for part-time students. Part-time students take one assessed module per semester, and take the two non-assessed research training modules in Semesters One and Two. You are encouraged to begin work on your dissertation at the end of the first year, and will submit it in August of your second year. Teaching is done during the day.


Compulsory modules

Option modules

In 2018-2019 we hope to offer the following:

Students can choose to substitute one of their electives with an elective from another pathway within the MA English Literature.

You may, subject to availability and the approval of the School, take one of your option modules from across a range offered by other Schools in the Humanities and Social Science Faculty, or from other Colleges of the University of London.

In addition to taught modules, we run a range of research seminars to which all MA students are invited. Some of these are linked to our interdisciplinary Research Centres, such as the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Centre for Religion and Literature in English and the Centre for the History of the Emotions. Others are collaborations with other institutions, such as the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. With visiting speakers from across the world, these seminars are an opportunity to meet other postgraduate students and members of staff and to learn about the latest developments in research.

Entry requirements

Most applicants will have an undergraduate degree with a first or good upper second class honours (or the equivalent) in English or such related fields as history, cultural studies and media studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.

Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their ability to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview or asked to submit examples of written and/or creative work. We welcome applications from mature and non-traditional students.

International applicants: Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £8,700
Part time £4,350

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £15,750
Part time £7,900

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

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