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Postcolonial & World Literature

The course provides the opportunity both to study the literatures of colonial and postcolonial cultures, and to consider the ways in which certain forms of writing (including particular novelists and Shakespeare) become ‘global’ writers. The MA is offered in conjunction with the MA in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies, making it possible to select a combination of modules from both programmes.

Entry requirements

BA degree with a minimum subject mark of 2.1 in English, or a cognate discipline. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


1 year full-time

Each module comprises of eight two-hour seminars and subject to timetable arrangements are held on Mondays to Thursdays.

Careers or further progression

Graduates with an MA in English may 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.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr Michael G Cronin
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3667
Address School of English,
Media and Theatre Studies,
Iontas Building,
Maynooth University,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules may include; the novel in Africa; word and image in Irish culture; introduction to world cinema; global shakespeare; zionism, palestinian nationalism and culture.


English and Theatre Studies
The Department offers an immersive and rewarding educational experience, with a unique concentration at Maynooth of internationally recognised scholars. The Department of English offers the opportunity to study literature and culture in English from the Renaissance to the present and the supervision of research projects in Irish literature and culture, postcolonial studies, gender studies, world literature, and British literature with particular strengths in Shakespeare and in the eighteenth century.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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