The MA in Postcolonial and WorldLiteratures offers a unique opportunityto follow a programme in the field of Irishcultural studies that is tailored to thestudent’s particular research interests. The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures is a fully modular MA programme, offered in conjunction with the MA in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, making it possible to select a combination of modules from both programmes. The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures will provide the chance both to study the literatures of colonial and postcolonial cultures, and to consider the ways in which certain forms of writing (whether particular novelists, or Shakespeare) become ‘global’ writers. In addition, there are fascinating links to be made between Irish literature, and the fields of postcolonial and global literatures, and the modular structure of the programme makes it possible for students in the MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures to take modules from the MA in Irish Literature and Culture. This modular structure also makes other specialisations possible: for instance, students interested in gender may take modules from across the suite of MA programmes to make up a programme with a concentration in this area; by the same token, a student with an interest in modernism might take modules from across both programmes to Follow a specialism in that area. The MA in Postcolonial and World Literatures also contains modules in cultural theory, and research skills, and students spend the summer months writing a dissertation on a research relevant topic of their choosing, under the mentorship of a faculty member.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850
All students must take EN661 (Literary and Cultural Theory). Students may also take a full suite of Postcolonial and World modules: EN651–6. Alternatively, a student may opt to replace one of the Postcolonial and World modules (EN651–6) with EN662 (dealing with gender theory), or with any of the modules from the M.A. in Irish Literature and Culture (EN641- 6). A student may replace two modules in this manner, with permission of the Department. Likewise, a student may be able to take a module offered by another Department, subject to availability. The total of all taught modules is 60 credits. All students write a dissertation (EN691), valued at 30 credits, dealing with a topic in the field of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies. Modules EN661 (Literary and Cultural Theory) and EN631 (Dissertation) are required for all students. Students who do not complete the dissertation, but who have completed the other modules, will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Postcolonial and World Literature.
Graduates from postgraduate programmes in English will enter the workforce with a rich and detailed understanding of literary culture, advanced research skills, and highly developed communications ability. While many graduates from taught postgraduate programmes in English go on to undertake research degrees, with a view to careers in academia, it is equally possible to treat the MA as a final degree, with a view to working in cultural industries, or to enhancing a teaching career.