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Masters degrees in African Languages & Literature examine the rich linguistic and literary context of Africa, equipping students with the tools they need to interpret developments across the languages and literatures of the continent.
The sheer size and diversity of Africa means that scholars commonly choose to focus on one particular area or country, for example Eastern African Languages & Literature, or South African Literature. Postcolonial Literature and Comparative Literature are other popular routes into this topic.
Although Africa is regarded as the ‘cradle of life’ where the human species first emerged, the study of the languages and literatures that comprise the continent’s diverse past and present haven’t always received the scholarly attention that they deserve. This means that there are plenty of opportunities to break new academic ground in the field.
In terms of careers, a Masters in African Languages & Literature could lead to work in academia, publishing or journalism, or other sectors in which cross-cultural awareness is vital. Graduates often end up working in Africa.
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This programme introduces you to a range of colonial and postcolonial discourse from countries and regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, Canada and Oceania. Read more
The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most students to this popular MA. Read more
Students must take 315 credits in total, comprised of 255 taught credits (45 of which are taught abroad as part of a Summer School) and a 60-credit dissertation as outlined below. In their first year, students on the two-year Intensive Language programmes take 60 credits of intensive language instruction and 60 credits in the discipline. Read more
The MPhil in African Studies offers a taught course with a substantial research component and provides an excellent foundation for students wanting to develop their knowledge of Africa. Read more
Our MA Modern and Contemporary Literature master's course offers an opportunity to become part of an exciting, intellectual group of researchers working in 20th and 21st century literature, culture and theory. Read more
This two-year programme will provide students with the opportunity to combine Masters’ level training with intensive study of an African language (Swahili) in order to acquire the skills necessary for future professional or research careers. Read more
SOAS is one of the few universities in the world to offer a Masters degree in the politics of Africa. There are many ‘African Studies’ degrees, but politics typically makes up only a part of their programmes. Read more
The MSc in African Studies is a three-term course, designed both as a stand-alone interdisciplinary introduction to current debates about Africa, and as a preparation for doctoral research on Africa. Read more