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This programme provides thorough training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. Read more

This programme provides thorough training in research methodology for students interested in a career as a researcher or lecturer in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics or language acquisition. It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as the first year of a 1+3 doctoral programme, leading to a PhD award.

Introducing your course

Fascinated by the mechanics of speech? Do you want to research the formation of language and how it has evolved over time? Then apply for our MA in Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology) and study intercultural communications while examining language in society through linguistic research methods. This masters in Applied Linguistics degree course will allow you to analyse the way language is used and how we communicate to one another.

Overview

Throughout the course you will to a number of useful skills that will help you if you wish to contine on to a PhD, for example you will learn to understand the relationship between academic, professional, public and user conceptions of language, and the ideological assumptions of linguistic research. As well as managing your own research, including collecting and managing data and conducting and disseminating research in ways consistent with professional practice and research ethics.

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The overall aim of this MA is to provide advanced training in applied linguistics or language in education to professionals with language interests, typically language teachers in schools, further and higher education. Read more

The overall aim of this MA is to provide advanced training in applied linguistics or language in education to professionals with language interests, typically language teachers in schools, further and higher education. We aim to provide this training in an integrated manner, both to professionals with interests in UK-based education, and those operating internationally. You will develop a comparative perspective on language education policy and practice; learn the skills needed to challenge professional practice; and undertake research and innovation in a range of applied language fields.

Introducing your course

Do you have a passion for linguistics? Want to inspire the next generation to learn a second language? Then choose an MA in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching. Examine and understand fundamentals of language in society while investigating current issues in teaching methodology. Whether you are starting out as a teacher or are already involved, you will understand current theories in training and learning languages throughout the course which you can apply to your teaching practices. This degree will open paths to teaching in the UK or starting a career overseas.

Overview

The programme is offered by the Centre for Applied Language Research. Staff contributing to the programme are involved in the direct teaching of English as a foreign language (EFL) and other languages, research and development work in applied linguistics and language learning, as well as sociolinguistics and cultural studies. This blend of theoretical expertise and ongoing practical experience is one of the distinguishing features of our programme.

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A distinctive focus on digital media practice and theory sets this course apart from traditional communication design courses, preparing you for an exciting career in a range of design roles. Read more

A distinctive focus on digital media practice and theory sets this course apart from traditional communication design courses, preparing you for an exciting career in a range of design roles.

Introducing your course

MA Communication Design is the study of information and interface design, the course combines creativity with critical analysis of contemporary media and knowledge of the latest methodologies and tools. In our modern, well-equipped studios you’ll learn how to develop effective concepts and prototypes for current and emergent platforms, informed by user experience design principles. Your practice will be supported by excellent facilities including a recently launched Interaction and Prototyping Laboratory (iLab), 3D printing and laser cutting as well as traditional design and print equipment. You’ll learn from academics with industry experience in graphic design, interaction design and design for broadcast media. The course culminates in a practice-led research project, which is an exciting opportunity for you to engage with key debates shaping the design industry and scholarship. When you graduate you’ll be ready for a career in established and emerging design fields, such as, interaction design, user experience design, data visualisation, digital product design and publishing.

Overview

This course will be of interest to recent graduates or those with professional experience who wish to extend their creative skills and design knowledge into the realm of digital media, user experience design and design research. While a working knowledge of Windows and Adobe software is required, it is not a technical course; the focus is on how you effectively research users and contexts, develop innovative concepts and produce lo- and hi-fidelity prototypes.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification.

Career Opportunities

You’ll graduate with a portfolio of high-quality design work and the professional skills you need to secure employment, start your own businesses, or pursue further research.

The degree opens up a wealth of opportunities in the digital, media and design sectors. Depending on your interests there are opportunities to specialise in interaction design, data visualisation or digital product development, publishing or design research.

Past graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Alibaba Group
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • EMI


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Based within a working gallery and informed by world class research, this degree combines direct experience, behind-the-scenes industry insights and an academic exploration of contemporary curation discourses. Read more

Based within a working gallery and informed by world class research, this degree combines direct experience, behind-the-scenes industry insights and an academic exploration of contemporary curation discourses.

Introducing your course

The MA Contemporary Curation is an exceptional opportunity to explore the latest concepts in curation theory and practice while gaining hands-on curatorial experience and industry insights. The course is based on campus, in The Winchester Gallery; from your first week you will be involved in the running of the gallery, from organising exhibitions and producing interpretation materials to marketing and audience development. Co-located with the School’s practising artists, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to collaborate on joint projects and apply your skills. Your practice will be underpinned by your developing knowledge of current curation theories and debates, informed by the School’s internationally recognised expertise in art and design, visual cultural studies, digital and new media theory. Our research-active academics have links with arts organisations and international festivals, opening up a range of additional learning opportunities. You will also be exposed to top professionals in the curatorial field through guest lectures and behind-the-scenes gallery visits.

Overview

We welcome students from a range of backgrounds, including fine art and other disciplines. Our diverse intake includes students from many countries, so there is scope to build an international network of contacts while you are on the programme.

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Career Opportunities

Our academics’ professional experience and extensive networks mean they can offer ‘insider’ careers guidance and support; through their contacts you may be able to independently set up an internship or work experience.

You will be prepared for a career in existing and emergent curatorial and arts roles within a range of organisations. You could choose to work within a museum, public or private gallery, heritage or cultural organisation, international art fair or biennial, or for an arts or culture publication. Or you might pursue a career in cultural and public policy-making, cultural management and administration, or arts-commissioning and funding. The course is also a good grounding for further study at PhD level, perhaps with a view to an academic career.



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The Creative Writing MA course at Southampton challenges you to cross boundaries. Read more

The Creative Writing MA course at Southampton challenges you to cross boundaries. While offering expertise in five areas of contemporary writing – fiction, scriptwriting, creative non-fiction, writing for young people and poetry – we also encourage students to tap into the university’s rich resources in theatre, music, art, and the sciences.

Overview

Creative Writing modules are taught by practicing writers, and focus on your own creative writing while engaging in close study of contemporary work. Faculty and fellow students at Southampton come from all over the world – including India, Columbia, Pakistan, Iceland, the USA, Nigeria, and of course the UK – bringing a wide range of experiences and writing traditions, and giving our programmes an international focus. Students take part in a lively programme of literary events, including our own “Writers in Conversation” held at Nuffield Theatre, on a campus that includes a professional art gallery, a concert hall, and a world-renowned theatre. Our programme offers to opportunity to specialise in a particular area, and to work in a friendly academic environment.

All MA Creative Writing students attend the Creative Skills workshop, a weekly forum focused solely on your own writing. You will then also choose from five specialist fields of creative writing, as well as having the option of taking a module from other Humanities courses including MA English and MA Film.

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Study the interaction between culture and politics on this unique masters degree. You will graduate with exceptional critical skills and a keen understanding of social, cultural, economic and political phenomena that will be sought after by arts, culture, government and policy organisations. Read more

Study the interaction between culture and politics on this unique masters degree. You will graduate with exceptional critical skills and a keen understanding of social, cultural, economic and political phenomena that will be sought after by arts, culture, government and policy organisations.

Introducing your course

At a time of unprecedented political change, the study of cultural politics has never been more relevant. The only UK masters degree of its kind, this interdisciplinary course offers a unique opportunity to explore the ways in which culture and politics affect each other and give rise to social, political and economic realities. You will learn about key theories and ideologies and gain new perspectives on current issues, such as identity, security and surveillance, multiculturalism, ethics and populism. The course is taught by world-renowned academics from two highly ranked University of Southampton schools – Winchester School of Art and Politics and International Relations. In addition, external speakers from arts, cultural, policy and political organisations will bring their insights to the course and help you to build networks for the future. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge, finely tuned intellectual and critical skills and a fresh approach to current issues forged by cross-disciplinary study. These skills and qualities will be sought after in a range of sectors where cultural politics has emerged as an area of critical importance, such as arts and culture, local and central government, politics and campaigning, and the media.

Overview

Cultural politics investigates the ways in which culture—including people’s attitudes, opinions, beliefs and perspectives, as well as the media and arts—shapes society and political opinion, and gives rise to social, political and economic realities.

The MA Cultural Politics will be of interest to intellectually curious students from a broad range of arts and humanities, political and social sciences disciplines, as well as artists and professionals in the cultural, political, policy and media sectors.

Career Opportunities

The study of two related but very different disciplines produces graduates with a competitive edge: they are critically aware and intellectually disciplined but also socially and economically savvy, with a broad understanding of the implications of social, cultural and political phenomena. 

Potential career destinations include roles in the arts and policy worlds, cultural organisations, government, the voluntary sector, trade unions, political or campaigning organisations or journalism and other media industries. This degree is also an excellent foundation for PhD research.



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Recruiting for 2018 entry. Study the interaction between culture and politics on this unique masters degree. Read more

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Study the interaction between culture and politics on this unique masters degree. You will graduate with exceptional critical skills and a keen understanding of social, cultural, economic and political phenomena that will be sought after by arts, culture, government and policy organisations.

Introducing your course

At a time of unprecedented political change, the study of cultural politics has never been more relevant. The only UK masters degree of its kind, this interdisciplinary course offers a unique opportunity to explore the ways in which culture and politics affect each other and give rise to social, political and economic realities. You will learn about key theories and ideologies and gain new perspectives on current issues, such as identity, security and surveillance, multiculturalism, ethics and populism. The course is taught by world-renowned academics from two highly ranked University of Southampton schools – Winchester School of Art and Politics and International Relations. In addition, external speakers from arts, cultural, policy and political organisations will bring their insights to the course and help you to build networks for the future. You will graduate with in-depth knowledge, finely tuned intellectual and critical skills and a fresh approach to current issues forged by cross-disciplinary study. These skills and qualities will be sought after in a range of sectors where cultural politics has emerged as an area of critical importance, such as arts and culture, local and central government, politics and campaigning, and the media.

Overview

Cultural politics investigates the ways in which culture—including people’s attitudes, opinions, beliefs and perspectives, as well as the media and arts—shapes society and political opinion, and gives rise to social, political and economic realities.

The MA Cultural Politics will be of interest to intellectually curious students from a broad range of arts and humanities, political and social sciences disciplines, as well as artists and professionals in the cultural, political, policy and media sectors.

Career Opportunities

The study of two related but very different disciplines produces graduates with a competitive edge: they are critically aware and intellectually disciplined but also socially and economically savvy, with a broad understanding of the implications of social, cultural and political phenomena. 

Potential career destinations include roles in the arts and policy worlds, cultural organisations, government, the voluntary sector, trade unions, political or campaigning organisations or journalism and other media industries. This degree is also an excellent foundation for PhD research.



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Learn how to convert innovation and creativity into business success through effective design management. Taught by experts with extensive research experience and industry knowledge, this degree opens up career possibilities in a wide range of sectors. Read more

Learn how to convert innovation and creativity into business success through effective design management. Taught by experts with extensive research experience and industry knowledge, this degree opens up career possibilities in a wide range of sectors.

Introducing your course

The MA Design Management explores the effective use of design in a business context, encompassing product design, process design, service design and brand design. You’ll gain an understanding of the whole design management cycle, from the identification of market trends and use of research to inform the design process, through to branding, marketing, after-sales and product recycling. The programme is taught by academics with industry experience and research expertise, including specialist knowledge of the relationship between design and finance, and design and law. They use interactive activities such as practical mini projects, study visits to London museums and a simulation workshop to consolidate your learning. In addition, guest lectures by external practitioners offer industry insights and a chance to build your networks. Taught within a creative art school environment, the course offers the academic rigour that you would expect from a Russell Group university, and you’ll graduate with knowledge and skills that will enable you to advance in a wide range of sectors.

Overview

This course will be of interest to those from a design background who want to advance their career through a greater understanding of the design management process, or to those with a business background who are interested in focusing on design management. Our students include recent graduates and those with professional experience.

Click here to download the full Programme Specification. 

Career Opportunities

The MA Design Management will prepare you for a role in design management, brand management, design research and other managerial positions that relate to the product or service design process

Our graduates have gone on to work for in-house design teams at major companies such as Evian, Tank Innovation, iFLY TEK and Apple, and for market research companies and television companies. Some have become university lecturers and others are undertaking PhDs. Former students have also set up their own design management consultancies.



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If you are a professional with a particular area of research interest in the field of education, the MA (Ed) by Dissertation through Flexible Study may offer you an ideal route towards a Master’s degree. Read more

If you are a professional with a particular area of research interest in the field of education, the MA (Ed) by Dissertation through Flexible Study may offer you an ideal route towards a Master’s degree.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA (Ed) Dissertation through flexible study at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Dissertation through flexible study and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA (Ed) Dissertation through flexible study.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

Overview

Individual study

This innovative programme does not adopt a traditional classroom model of delivery, but enables you to develop specialist expertise through a combination of independent study and small-scale research, usually in your own work context, with tutor support and full access to University facilities.

Specialist study is available across a wide range of areas, and we encourage you to contact us to discuss whether we could support you with your particular area of interest. For example, in recent years some generic areas have included:

  • investigating aspects of pedagogy
  • addressing curriculum-related issues in schools and colleges
  • enhancing professional development 
  • investigating issues of inclusion and widening participation
  • developing technology-based approaches to learning.

Group study

The programme is also ideal for groups working more collaboratively, and can be tailored to address organisational needs, for example, groups of colleagues working together within a single school/organisation or across a number of schools/organisations. Subject to demand, we can offer a bespoke pathway which combines a small taught component with group seminars and individual tutorials, emphasising collaboration and the role of constructive dialogue between peers as co-investigators. Group members undertake distinct but related projects, and workplace tutorials can be arranged.

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This programme provides a focused route for new English language professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the English language curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Read more

This programme provides a focused route for new English language professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the English language curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will study contemporary approaches to curriculum, assessment and pedagogy, with opportunities to follow specialist interests, such as learner autonomy and English as an international language. You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice, to innovate, and to undertake a range of leadership roles in English language teaching.

Introducing your degree

This programme provides a focused route for recent graduates wishing to develop their understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching in order to start their career as English language professionals and gain the skills required to develop their professional practice.

Overview

This programme provides a focused route for new English language professionals who wish to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the English language curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will study contemporary approaches to curriculum, assessment and pedagogy, with opportunities to follow specialist interests, such as learner autonomy and English as an international language. You will develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice, to innovate, and to undertake a range of leadership roles in English language teaching.

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The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) is a post experience programme which provides English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from the UK and overseas with the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience, develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills and competences required for leadership roles in ELT. Read more

The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) is a post experience programme which provides English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from the UK and overseas with the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience, develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills and competences required for leadership roles in ELT.

Introducing your course

Provide people all over the world with the ability to speak and communicate fluently in English and start building the foundation towards a rewarding and exciting career with a Masters course in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the University of Southampton. This MA degree provided by the University of Southampton can give you the tools needed to teach English effectively, through current issues in language teaching methodology to the critical appraisal of language teaching.

Overview

The programme is offered by the Centre for Applied Language Research. Staff contributing to the programme are involved in the direct teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and other languages, research and development work in applied linguistics and language learning, as well as sociolinguistics and cultural studies. This blend of theoretical expertise and ongoing practical experience is one of the distinguishing features of our programme.

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The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods. Read more

The MA in English Literary Studies will give you the opportunity to pursue literary topics and genres from a wide selection of authors and periods: from Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Eighteenth-Century fiction to Victorian print culture, Modernisms and Modernities, Literature and Law, Holocaust Literature, and postcolonial world literatures.

The programme can be taken over one year full time or two years part time.

Introducing your degree

The programme will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and to examine how literature shapes the public understanding of diverse fields such as climate change, economics, medicine, religion, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in careers such as writing, broadcasting, teaching, and public administration.

Overview

The MA is a broad-based programme that allows you to explore the interrelations of text, theory, and culture across the field of English literary and cultural studies. The flexible structure is designed to give you an advanced understanding of the study and practice of academic English literary studies in terms of cultural analysis, textual interpretation, and theoretical method.

The MA in English Literary Studies will enable you to work independently in the field, to explore a range of periods and genres of English literature and culture as well as creative writing, and to evaluate unique archival resources. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods, raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature in various periods, and help you explore the role of literature in a contested cultural framework.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.



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The MA pathway in Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of eighteenth-century British culture which draws on modules in literature and history, and has contributions from all subject-areas in the Faculty of Humanities. Read more

The MA pathway in Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of eighteenth-century British culture which draws on modules in literature and history, and has contributions from all subject-areas in the Faculty of Humanities.

Introducing your degree

The MA pathway in Eighteenth-Century Studies will give you the opportunity to specialise in the culture and history of the long eighteenth century. It is taught by world-leading experts in the period who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to Chawton House Library, a unique collection of women’s writing. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how eighteenth- century literature and culture shaped our understanding of education, class, sexuality, nature, economics, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in areas such as secondary school teaching, librarianship, publishing and roles in the heritage industry.

Overview

The Eighteenth Century pathway allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history of the long eighteenth century. It is taught by world-leading experts in the field and has a unique link to Chawton House Library .

Our MA English Literary Studies (Eighteenth Century) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning gender, sexuality, and class; and to evaluate unique archival resources specific to eighteenth-century studies. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature in the long eighteenth century; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of eighteenth-century public culture.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.



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The MA pathway in Nineteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of nineteenth-century British culture which draws on modules in literature, history, music, and print culture and has contributions from cultural historians, literary scholars, and musicologists. Read more

The MA pathway in Nineteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary programme for the study of nineteenth-century British culture which draws on modules in literature, history, music, and print culture and has contributions from cultural historians, literary scholars, and musicologists.

Introducing your degree

The MA pathway in Nineteenth-Century Studies will give you the opportunity to specialise in the culture and history of the nineteenth century. It is taught by world-leading experts in the period who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent critical thinking in the field; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how nineteenth- century literature and print culture shaped our understanding of education, class, consumerism, sexuality, science, economics, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar or as a professional in areas such as secondary school teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing and roles in the heritage industry.

Overview

Our pathway in the Nineteenth Century allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history of the nineteenth century. It is taught by leading experts in the field and has a unique link to the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research .

The MA English Literary Studies (Nineteenth Century) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning class, race, gender, print culture, science, empire, and sexuality; and to evaluate unique publications and archival resources specific to nineteenth-century studies. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature and culture in the long nineteenth century; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of nineteenth-century public culture.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.



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This MA pathway explores the emergence of postcolonial and world literatures in English, and the histories of empire and decolonization underpinning these literatures. Read more

This MA pathway explores the emergence of postcolonial and world literatures in English, and the histories of empire and decolonization underpinning these literatures. It considers how different postcolonial cultures have transformed genre and form; and how the global intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and diaspora have changed our ways of reading literature’s worldliness.

Introducing your degree

The MA pathway in postcolonial and world literatures will give you the opportunity to specialise in the literature, culture, and history of the postcolonial world. It is taught by world-leading experts who are as passionate about the subject as you are, and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies. It will empower you to conduct advanced-level research and independent thinking in postcolonial theory, history, and criticism; to make effective use of archives, manuscripts, and research libraries; and examine how postcolonial literature, culture and history transforms our understanding of the pressing global issues such as climate change, human rights, sovereignty, security, conflict, and more. Not only will you emerge with an internationally-recognised masters degree from a top Russell Group university, you will also acquire the critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive edge, either as a future scholar in the field or as a professional in areas such as broadcasting, international development, public administration, creative writing, secondary school teaching, librarianship, museums and galleries, publishing.

Overview

Our pathway in Postcolonial and World Literature allows you to specialise in the literary culture and history of the long twentieth century. It is taught by leading experts in the field and is linked to the Southampton Centre for Imperial and Postcolonial Studies .

The MA English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literature) will enable you to work independently in the field; to explore how genres, authors, and texts participate in wider public discourses concerning the legacies of colonialism and imperialism, the aftermath of decolonization, the relationship between gender and nationalism, and the fault lines within postcolonial national narratives; and to evaluate unique publications and archival resources specific to the study of postcolonial literatures. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of critical and research methods appropriate to the period; raise your awareness of the historical and critical reception of literature and culture of postcolonial and world literatures; and empower you to explore the nuances of literary meaning in the contested cultural field of postcolonial writing and world literature.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Career Opportunities

An MA in English Literary Studies is excellent preparation for a career in teaching, publishing and arts administration. Graduates of our programme go onto professional careers in writing (from journalism to fiction), education, international PhD programmes, teaching, broadcasting, and varied work in the creative industries. Former graduates and alumni return to give talks throughout the year, and you will help you make the most of the opportunities here.

A number of our graduates have gone on to careers in teaching, journalism, media and found the year-long course invaluable in shaping and developing their voice.



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