SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This course provides 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. At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school?s faculty.

This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations. While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars.

In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society. A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to this degree.

Start Date:

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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
2 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Day
MA - Master of Arts £9,965 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need minimum 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.