Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Master Programme

120 credits

We live at a time when questions of climate justice, global migration flows, and militarized landscapes daily remind us of colonial pasts and of their legacies into present environments. Our world is shaped by colonial conquest, imperial discourses, and the consequences of imperial domination and subordination. This programme analyses colonial and postcolonial manifestations and effects in the past and the present.

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The programme meets needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism at the time of colonial conquest and rule, and in view of how previous colonial relations continue to influence the postcolonial present. Students will acquire knowledge of the formation of the modern world under the impact of colonial power, orientalist discourses, and knowledge networks and of how these are manifested in social and political relations in a postcolonial context. Students are challenged to critically examine the working of civilizational and orientalist discourses in political, economic, cultural, religious, and artistic representations. A broad choice of courses introduce, among others, Nordic colonialism, environmental history, indigenous people studies, Linnaean knowledge and enlightenment science legacies. The programme encompasses training in field study, archival research, planning and leading seminars and accommodating guest lecturers.


The programme is particularly suited for students who seek to work in domestic and foreign administration, non-governmental organisations (NGO), schools, news media, museums and cultural institutions. The programme is preparatory to PhD research training.


Master of Arts (120 credits)

Main field of study: Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

Application process

The application process consists of two steps.

1. First you need to apply to the programme online at - Deadline 15 January 2021.

2. Secondly, you need to submit a letter of intent - Deadline 31 January 2021.

Letter of intent
Please write a letter of intent that on one A4 page describes your interest in the programme.

The letter will be evaluated in terms of:

  • Your previous and intended engagement with the field you are interested in
  • Your proficiency in expressing yourself in English

Submit your letter on your pages on

Programme overview

Semester 1
Introduction to colonial and postcolonial studies with thematic, theoretical and methodological courses.

Semester 2
Elective courses
The course Postcolonial encounters begins and runs across three semesters

Semester 3 and 4

Elective courses (optional)
The course Independent work (the master's thesis)

Meet your teachers

Keep an eye out for your teachers on this page.

Meet Mahesh Rangarajan

Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University in India.

Exchanging experiences with people from other cultures is a valuable part of the programme

Katarzyna Kiryluk at the Linnaeus University

Katarzyna has always been interested in history, but the part of history in which she is most interested was not possible to study in her home country. She appreciates meeting people from different cultures and in the future she would like to use her education to help people.

You will meet Mahesh Rangarjan in the elective course Modern natures and postcolonial environments

Courses in the programme

Here is a preview of courses that will be taught in the programme. You will study together with all the students in your batch in six compulsory courses, and you will have many elective courses to choose between to tailor your curriculum to your interest. Keep an eye here as the list will grow longer and continue to be updated. You will also have ample opportunities for fieldwork and spending time at other universities in Sweden or abroad, as it meets the needs of your study profile.


Linnaeus University Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

As a student in the programme you will benefit much from having close contacts with researchers and fellows at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  This is one of the Linnaeus University’s centres of excellence. It is a vibrant environment with seminars, workshops, and conferences to which students are invited. The centre hosts scholars from archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, French literature, history, religious studies, social work, and sociology. Visiting scholars also give occasional teaching in the courses.

Meet your teachers

Meet Johan Höglund, Director of the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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