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 how they shape our world today. The master’s programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies is tailored for you who seek to investigate and understand colonial practices of power and their manifestations in the past and the present.

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Our world is shaped by colonial conquests and discourses. People, societies, and global relations experience the consequences of imperial domination and subordination. This master’s programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies meets the needs in society and research for critical analysis of meanings, implications, and consequences of colonialism. You will study how colonial relations continue to influence the postcolonial present and how modernity and colonialism have displaced colonised societies’ knowledge and experiences. We will discuss how people restore the multiplicity of lives.

As a student you are actively part of creating knowledge about the formation of the modern world under the impact of colonial power, orientalist discourses, and knowledge networks. You will investigate how these are manifested in social and political relations, and practiced in relations such as racial privileges and gender hierarchies. You are challenged to critically examining the manifestations of civilizational and Eurocentric discourses in political, economic, cultural, religious, and artistic representations.

A broad choice of courses introduces you to Nordic colonialism, environmental history, indigenous people studies, and enlightenment science legacies, among others. The programme gives you training in field study, archival research, planning and leading seminars and accommodating guest lecturers.


The programme is particularly suited for you 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

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

Katarzyna Kiryluk at the Linnaeus University

- I’ve always wanted to study history, to gain a better understanding of what is happening in the world and why. In my home country, in order to study history, you have to take a five-year programme, starting with the beginning of human history. I figured that this programme, even though it has the Middle Ages as its starting point, would make some connections also to contemporary history.

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.


Meet Mahesh Rangarajan

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

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

Meet Johan Höglund

 Director of the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

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.



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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