M.A. Postcolonial Studies

University of Kent

Application deadline: As soon as possible
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Kent at Paris MA in Postcolonial Studies offers you the opportunity to benefit from the facilities and expertise developed over many years in Canterbury while also spending the spring term of your MA year studying postcolonial writing in Paris.

During the autumn term your core module, Colonial and PostcolonialDiscourses, provides an introduction to the analysis of colonial discourse and to the most significant strands of postcolonial theory. Topics covered also include the role that culture plays in anti-colonial struggles and the role of the postcolonial intellectual in the contemporary world. Recommended reading for the module includes works by Frantz Fanon, Edward Said and Gayatri Spivak.

During the Spring term, spent in Paris, you develop your studies to include the cultural production of exiles, with particular focus on the role of Paris as a place of refuge and as a focus for multi-cultural encounters and creativity. Works studied may include texts by North American, Latin American and North African writers living in Paris, with focus on their diverse representations of the city and how the experiences of diaspora and exile inform and shape their writing.

In Paris you may also study interactions between the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic and Lusophone spheres of postcolonial cultures, discussing important and representative works of literature and such topics as language, identity, gender and nationhood.

You then complete your one-year MA by writing a dissertation on an aspect of postcolonial studies that you will defined in consultation with an appropriate tutor. All texts and teaching materials are in English, so this programme offers you a rare opportunity to spend part of your MA year living and studying in Paris without necessarily knowing any French. Leading to a prestigious postgraduate qualification, this programme also provides an intellectually stimulating experience that is designed to be both challenging and extremely enjoyable.


Programme structure This is an innovative and interdisciplinary MA programme, combining taught modules and a dissertation, which allows you to share your year between Canterbury and Paris.

Following a similar path to our Postcolonial Studies MA, the Paris option allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus with full access to its excellent academic and recreational facilities, before relocating to our Paris centre for the spring term, studying in the heart of historic Montparnasse.

In Paris, you participate in the Paris-focused modules, taught in English. Then, in the the final term, you complete your MA by writing a 12-15,000-word dissertation on a research topic defined in collaboration with your academic supervisors.

For further information about the University of Kent, Paris, see
This programme develops your understanding of the politics of culture in relation to both the imperialist worlds interpretation of the colonial, and postcolonial assertions of autonomy. In this context, while postcolonial refers primarily to societies of the so-called Third World, it also includes questions relevant to cultures such as those of Ireland and Australia.

The University of Kent was one of the first universities to establish postcolonial literary studies in Britain and has continued to play a significant part in the development of the field. Among the teachers involved in the programme are Abdulrazak Gurnah, Caroline Rooney, Alex Padamsee and Donna Landry (see our staff research interests for further details).

The modules available in Paris, during the second term are:
* One Paris module from your own subject area (compulsory)
* The second module can be taken from the selection of Paris modules available
* Assessment for each module is by a 5,000-word essay
* Further assessment is by dissertation of 12,000 words, in either English or French


General entry requirements
If you wish to apply for a University of Kent at Paris Masters degree, you must normally have a first or good second class honours degree (or equilvalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject.

If you are an international student, you can go to the country selector for more information about entry requirements from your country or contact our International Development Office.


For funding, refer to our website for details.
Paris scholarship
Although the deadline for Paris scholarships for September 2013 start has now passed, we hope to have more scholarships available for September 2014 start. Please check this website again in early 2014.

Academic school scholarships
As each Kent at Paris programme belongs to an academic school, it is worth checking the School websites too for scholarship opportunities, see:

* School of European Culture and Languages
* School of Arts
* School of History
* School of English
* School of Architecture

Jackie Chan Scholarship
Students from Hong Kong studying Film Studies may also be eligible to apply for the Jackie Chan Scholarship.

International students
If you are an international student, there may be scholarships available for students from your country so check our page for international postgraduate students. Also, see our page on US and Canadian Loans and Fulbright scholarships.

Other funding opportunities
Kent also provides a variety of other financial support opportunities for postgraduate students. These range from a generous number of research studentships, through to location specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas feepaying students.

See the scholarships website or our postgraduate funding website for more information.

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