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Postgraduate Degrees

Graduate study in the English Department at UWC provides a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment for talented students from diverse backgrounds. The courses proceed from a strong foundation in literary, period and theoretical studies to engagements with contemporary debates. Areas explored include the literatures of the global south, with a strong focus on post-1945 South Africa, as well as digital cultures. The Department is home to leading South African scholars in the areas of ecocriticism and animal studies. In collaboration with the Xhosa and Afrikaans Departments, the UWC English Department offers the country’s only multilingual creative writing course. The creative writing team has a record of exciting and well-received publications. The courses provide a rich and useful background to professions in the arts, media, teaching, publishing, tourism, public relations, the civil service, marketing and communications.

 The following degrees are offered:

  • Honours: 2 core courses, 1 elective and a research essay.

  • Structured Masters Degree: 3 modules and a mini-thesis.

  • Structured Creative Writing Masters: Two core modules "Studies in Prose" and "Studies in Poetry". Choice of elective module. Mini-thesis. This degree may be done in one or two years.

  • Creative Writing Masters by full thesis.

  • PhD by thesis.

PDF Downloads: Honours Handbook 2019.pdf |     MA / PhD Handbook

HONOURS 2019 Module Overview


ENG701: Research Essay

ENG716: The Art of Writing A -- Adventures in the Novel, Narrative and Life

ENG717: The Art of Writing B -- South African Fiction & Perspectives from the Global South


ENG718: Creative Writing Honours Module 

A selection of other modules in literary studies is also available (see Handbook for code details): 

  • Approaches to Literary Studies, 
  • Future Selves: Language, Consciousness and Social Control in 20th and 21st Century Speculative Fiction
  • Studies in Contemporary Poetry
  • British Literature Revisited: Late 18th and 19th Century British Literature
  • Reading Children’s Literature​

Modules are offered at full-time and part-time hours, subject to minimum enrollment.

MA Structured

Most of the above modules are offered at a more advanced MA level, combined with a mini-thesis. Check the Handbook for current details.

You may complete your application online at

Applications normally close on 31 October of the preceding year.

Direct queries to the Graduate Coordinator, Prof. Kobus Moolman, at

Please find more detail on each of the following programmes by clicking on the links below:




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