SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

The MA African Studies (Literature Pathway) enables students to engage critically with varied aspects of oral and written literatures in Africa. The programme is unique in the way it encourages exploration of relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories. The module ?Theories and Techniques of Comparative Literature? provides theoretical and methodological skills while the programme?s other units focus on specific areas such as literatures in African languages and contemporary African literature in English.

A postgraduate degree in African Literature from SOAS provides students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates of this programme will develop their ability to engage with and explore relationships between indigenous African aesthetics and contemporary literary theories.

Postgraduate students gain linguistic and cultural expertise enabling them to continue in the field of research or to seek professional and management careers in the business, public and charity sectors. They leave SOAS with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek, including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. A postgraduate degree is a valuable experience that provides students with a body of work and a diverse

range of skills that they can use to market themselves with when they graduate.

Some graduates leave SOAS to pursue careers directly related to their study area, while others have made use of the intellectual training for involvement in analysing and solving many of the

problems that contemporary societies now face. The MA African Literature can lead to further study and research, however there is also a range of opportunities in fields such as: Education; Publishing; Archive work; Arts Management; Media.

Start Date:

4 Years Intensive Language.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £3,228 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £3,228 European Fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £6,643 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.