Postcolonial Literature in English

The Postcolonial Literature in English Programme at the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics is anchored in new and dynamic paradigms intricately blending the study of Malaysian and other New Literatures in English  along with established Western literary texts The programme especially encourages students and scholars of literature to challenge existing euro-centric theoretical parameters of reading and literary criticism and to engage in the creation of theories and approaches that imbibe and centre Asian aesthetics.

The programme prides itself on its diverse capacity in both the teaching of and research into literary studies. The Masters degree offers a range of courses that will provide graduate students with the opportunity to learn and master a variety of critical theories, issues and approaches in the discipline of literature. At the PhD and MPhil levels, candidates will have the option to pursue one of the many research areas or interests that the academic staff is well versed in. The research areas include (but are not limited to): the postcolonial condition (experience of colonization and its effects), nationhood, multi-ethnic communal engagements, gender relations, social issues in everyday relations, popular culture, revisionism, religion, ideology and identity. The programme also ensures that its scope and vision remain relevant and forward looking in the 21st century digital era by continuously upgrading its courses’ contents and teaching approaches. Special emphasis is therefore paid to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and the relation between literature and new media. By doing so, the programme hopes to produce graduates who will be able to address the critical issues in the current and future modern world.

Dr Ravichandran Vengadasamy, Ketua Program

Life at the Faculty
The Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition to the teaching and research facilities available at the faculty, students will also have access to the language resource centre, multimedia labs and teaching and learning spaces which are housed at the Centre itself. Surrounded by lush greenery and ample parking spaces, the Centre provides easy access to banking, cafetaria and transport services.

Master of Arts (Postcolonial Literature in English)

Duration): 1½ – 4 years of study.
Mode: Coursework and thesis (28 units of courses and a 12 unit thesis)

Master of Philosophy (Postcolonial Literature in English)

Duration: 2 – 4 years of study.
Mode: Research only, candidates will have to pass a Viva Voce upon completion of study (oral defense of Thesis)

Doctor of Philosophy (Postcolonial Literature in English)

Duration: 3 – 6 years of study.
Mode: Research only, candidates will have to pass a proposal defense in the early stage and a Viva Voce upon completion of study (oral defense of Thesis)

Contact: ravicv@ukm.edu.my, Tel: 603-89215144

  • The programme is well established with a track record of over 20 years and parked in a leading higher learning institution in Malaysia, which is also ranked among the top 200 Universities in the world.
  • The postgraduate programme attracts a sizeable number of international students every year.
  • All programmes are fully taught in English.
  • You will find that the staff members are friendly, experienced and competent in their respective fields of expertise and able to provide both supervision and supportive advice.
  • Students in this programme receive very strong publication support from the academic staff as the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics hosts two WOS and Scopus indexed research journals, Gema Online Journal of Language Studies at http://ejournal.ukm.my/gema and 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature at http://ejournals.ukm.my/3l

For the Masters Degree, students will take all the compulsory courses and choose three elective courses from the list below. The programme will also determine if the student needs to take a pre-requisite course. Pre-requisite courses will be deemed necessary if the student’s first degree is from a different discipline.

Compulsory Courses

SKBK6013 Critical Theory
SKBK6023 Postcolonial Theory and Issues
SKBK6123 Re-reading Canonical Texts
SKBK6153 Parameters in Comparative Literature
SKBK6033 Malaysian Literature in English
SKBK6004 Research Methodology in Literary Studies
SKBK601C Masters Thesis

Elective Courses

SKBK6113 Nation and Narration: Asia
SKBK6133 Occidental Perspectives on Malaysia
SKBK6173 Literature in Translation
SKBK6183 Literary Studies in Action
SKBK6193 Literature and Popular Culture

Pre-requisite Courses

SKBS1023 Critical Appreciation
SKBS2213 Selected Literary Works

For the MPhil and PhD degrees, candidates will take the following courses which are compulsory:
SKBK6004 Research Methodology in Literary Studies
SKBK6014 Academic Writing in Literary Studies

Basic qualifications for Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a higher education provider that is recognised by the UKM Senate and the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, with a CGPA of 3.0 and above for Master of Arts and 3.65 and above for Master of Philosophy. Lower CGPAs will be considered if the applicant possesses work experience. A Diploma will be considered if the applicant has at least 5 years of work experience.
  • English Language requirements: MUET Band 4, or TOEFL 550, or IELTS 6.5 or any other English Language qualification that is endorsed by the UKM Senate for international candidates.

Basic qualifications for Doctor of Philosophy:

  • A Master’s degree (preferably in a related field) from a higher education provider that is recognised by the UKM Senate and the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.
  • English Language requirements: MUET Band 4, or TOEFL 550, or IELTS 6.5 or any other English Language qualification that is endorsed by the UKM Senate for international candidates.

Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language) requirement

International candidates are required to enrol in two courses of Bahasa Melayu (2 units each) as determined by the University. An exemption can be granted to candidates who can produce proof of enrolment in an equivalent Bahasa Melayu course organised by other bodies that are recognised by UKM.