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MA in English Language and Literature

Unicaf University, Malawi


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 5,000

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 75% scholarship
The Programme has been developed to provide students with an outstanding postgraduate experience in the field of English Language and Literature. MA English Language and Literature offers a varied and distinctive range of areas of study, including contemporary literary studies, critical and cultural theory, gender, memory, trauma, and postcolonial studies. It provides students with a range of transferable skills to meet the requirements of the professional workplace and prepares them for further study at PhD level.

Rationale of the Programme

The MA in English Language and Literature focuses on narratives in relation to their literary andcultural contexts. Students will study a number of different works by a variety of authors, written in a range of historical periods. The degree combines literary theory, reading comprehension and critique, language and philology. It allows students to develop advanced written skills, analytical abilities and an understanding of how to compose a successful narrative. These skills prepare graduates for employment in a range of fields and create a strong foundation for further academic pursuits.

Aim of the Programme

The aim of the programme is to offer students the opportunity to examine literary, theoretical and critical texts of a variety of genres and periods, from different cultural contexts, fostering advanced skills of comprehension, interpretation and analysis.

Objectives of the Programme

The objectives of the Programme are to:

  • demonstrate advanced skills in critical engagement with the historical and theoretical frameworks;
  • recognize the artistry and utility of the English language through the study of literature;
  • conduct research focusing on literary and cultural texts of different historical periods, cultural contexts, and genres;
  • demonstrate intellectual flexibility, creativity, and cultural literacy in formulating cohesive and persuasive arguments;
  • illustrate an appropriate level of expertise in literary history, literary theory, and rhetoric theory;
  • employ effectively the language of the discipline;
  • demonstrate knowledge of literary terms, major periods, authors, genres and theories.

Programme Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this programme students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of primary literary texts and a familiarity with the culture, genre, and historical context they belong to;
  • account for the role of context in the production, reception, and transmission of literary and cultural texts across historical periods, geographic or national spaces, and cultural differences;
  • identify and critically engage with the major theoretical schools and modes of discourse in the field
  • apply a variety of approaches of theoretical schools and modes of discourse to the reading and analysis of a variety of texts;
  • interpret and evaluate critical ideas, values, and themes that appear in literary and cultural texts and understand the way they inform and impact culture and society;
  • demonstrate mastery of the discipline as regards the development and current practices of literary studies and rhetoric;
  • describe different approaches to culture, nationalism, multiculturalism, migration, gender and race in the context of postcolonial societies;
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of selected approaches and theories in the field of gender studies;
  • analyze the ways in which gender and sexuality organize social structures, cultural practices and identity;
  • read and write critically to a high level of proficiency;
  • illustrate creativity through expanding their creative boundaries and demonstrate a unique writing voice;

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • June 2023
  • July 2023
  • August 2023
  • September 2023
  • October 2023
  • November 2023
  • December 2023
  • January 2024
  • March 2024
  • March 2024
  • April 2024

The general admission requirements for entry to Unicaf University Master’s degree programmes are as outlined below. Variances may be observed based on the local education regulatory requirements relating to the country in which each campus of Unicaf University operates. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.

  • Admission to a Master’s degree programme requires an accredited Bachelor degree or international equivalent. Related professional qualifications at the appropriate level will also be considered for entry
  • Students with an accredited Master’s degree will also be considered for entry
  • Recognized proof of English proficiency if the Bachelor degree was not taught in the English language
  • A Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • Current CV
  • One official letter of recommendation (either academic or professional)
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • In addition to a strong academic record, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and other relevant background information are taken into account.

Foundation Courses

  • Induction Module
  • Introduction to Master Degree

Core requirements (required modules)

  • Politics and Gender: Narratives of Violence
  • Readings of Trauma and Madness in Literature
  • Subalternity and Representation
  • Cultural Representations: Class, Race and Gender
  • Africas of the Mind
  • The Enigmatic Body of Modernism
  • War, Mourning, Memory: 1914- 1939
  • Creative writing
  • Final Project
Total Course Fees: 10000

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