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University of Birmingham Masters Degrees in African Languages & Literature

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The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that help develop research and related skills. Read more
The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules.

It is aimed at those who wish to move beyond undergraduate work and to engage in research in depth for a postgraduate thesis, but who also wish to take modules that help develop research and related skills.

The course aims to develop your critical and analytical skills in relation to current ideas in African politics, history and anthropology or African and Caribbean literature. It provides you with the opportunity to identify, investigate in depth, and write up a research topic of your own, including the use of archival, oral media and internet sources.

You take three taught modules and write a dissertation of 20,000 words in the final term on a topic of your choice.

There are two compulsory modules: Research Skills and Methods in African Studies and Advanced Perspectives on Africa. In addition you choose a third module from a wide range of topics in literature, history, politics, development and anthropology.

About the School of History and Culture

The programmes in the School of History and Cultures offer students enquiry based learning within a rich and diverse environment to stimulate debate and challenge conventional thinking.
The programmes derive from departments which are all excellently rated by the QAA both in teaching and research terms (Medieval History 5, Modern History 5 and African Studies 5*). Our staff publish widely, and we are developing and consolidating a strong, supportive research culture in the School.
We are extremely proud to announce in June 2016, that History at Birmingham was ranked the top research department in the country by the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The national REF exercise assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK between 2008-2014. Our department had an impressive 45% of its research judged to be ‘world-leading’.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This programme will provide you with a broad knowledge of Caribbean literature in a comparative perspective, informed by a critical understanding of the contextual and theoretical issues that bear on this area of study. Read more
This programme will provide you with a broad knowledge of Caribbean literature in a comparative perspective, informed by a critical understanding of the contextual and theoretical issues that bear on this area of study. Texts are studied in translation - so competence in all major languages of the Caribbean is an asset but not a requirement.

Taking an original, interdisciplinary approach, you will be studying material from the Caribbean and beyond, to explore major currents in cultural production and identity politics. Looking at some of the most decisive phenomena the modern world has witnessed, the course will develop your understanding of the complexities of the contemporary era, preparing you for a wide range of professional and intellectual future activities.

This is a 180 credit course. You are required to take two compulsory 20 credit modules:

Postcolonial Theory (20 credits)
Caribbean Fiction (20 credits)

You will then select one module from a choice of two 20 credit modules:

World Literature and Film 1 (20 credits)
World Literature and Film 2 (20 credits)
This is followed by the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation (120 credits).

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