Master of Arts in Literature

Literature, being an essential component of culture, is at the core of every nation‘s development and identity formation. It is a key manifestation of the spirit of humanity, without which it ceases to function as the ultimate form of creation. Literature is a basic source for the sustenance of morality and a spontaneous realization of the aesthetic potentiality of man through systematic training in creativity.

The MA Literature is delivered through lectures, course works, and end-of-semester examinations. The coursework and course units will be delivered using several methods like the lecture method, discussion/brainstorming method, writing reflective essays and critical articles/book reviews, Powerpoint presentations, Field Study Tours, presentations and graduate seminars/workshops and microteaching. The dissertation is the final requirement for the award of the MA Literature Degree. The programme objectives are to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to attain professional competence in the literary scholarship; to provide critical insights for appreciation of literature, art and culture within the spheres of development and social change and to provide students with critical talent so as to see them operate as literary scholars.


Code MLT
Duration 2 Years
Study time Weekend/Holiday
Intake August

Entry requirements

Ugandan Applicants

  • Applicants must hold at least a Second Class (BA or BEd. Arts) Degree in Literature from a recognized University or equivalent qualification from other recognized institutions of higher learning.
  • In exceptional cases, holders of pass degrees may be admitted to the Programme provided such applicants have studied Literature as an option and can demonstrate academic growth and show evidence of relevant work experience.

International Applicants

Students whose language of instruction was not in English must have an International English language test system (IELTS) or Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) certificate with an overall score of 7.0, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level. Applicants will also be required to submit a 1500 word essay.

Fees structure

Tuition Fees per Semester (East African) Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans)
UGX 1,325,000 $730

Functional Fees

Application fee 50,000
Registration fees (per Academic Year) 60,000
Late Registration (per semester; after the deadline for official registration) 30,000
Examination fee (per semester) 100,000
Research fee (per Academic Year) 200,000
Student Manual (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Computer Laboratory fee (per Academic Year) 60,000
Identity Card (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Library fee (per Academic Year) 50,000
Medical (per semester) 15,000
Development Fund (per Academic Year) 100,000
Late Payment of Fees (after the deadline for official fees payment) 50,000
Replacement of Admission Letter (per Issue) 5,000
Retake/Supplementary/Missed Exam fee (per course) 50,000
Special Exam (per course) 30,000
Student Games Union fee (Academic Year) 20,000
Student Guild fee (per Academic Year) 20,000
Contribution to the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA) (per Academic Year) 2,000
Graduation fee (Payable on Completion of Studies) (Including: Transcript, Certificate, Convocation) 150,000
Certification (per copy) 3,000
Contribution to National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Collections (per Academic Year) 20,000

Fieldwork, Study, Industrial Training/ Attachment, Internship, School Practice fee

Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources 500,000= (per Sem)
Bachelor of Agribusiness Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Use Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Industrial and Applied Physics 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Applied Design and Fine Art 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Business Administration 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Computer Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Education (school practice) 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Electrical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Health Science 200,000= (par year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Science 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Information Technology 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Library and Information Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Nursing Science 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of/Diploma in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Med 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Public Administration and Mgt 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Social Work and Social Admin 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Social Sciences 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Catering and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Diploma in Medical Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Diploma in Hotel Management 150,000= (per year)
Language Enhancement (for Students of French) 200,000= (per year)
Study trips (for Students of Geography) 100,000= (per year)
Study trips/Transport fee (for DEHS, BNS, BEHS, MBChB, BACM) 170,000= (per Sem)

  1. The University Council reserves the right to adjust the fees without prior notice.
  2. These Programmes are run over Weekends, during Fulltime, or in Recess/Holiday Sessions.

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Fees Structure 2024-2025

Course details

  • LH Lecture Hours
  • CH Contact Hours
  • TH Tutorial Hours
  • CU Credit Units
Course Code Course name LH PH CH CU
  Year 1 Semester 1        
LIT7101 The African Novel 30 60 60 4
LIT7102 Literary Linguistics 45 30 60 4
Advanced Literary Theory and Practice
60 60 4
MCAR8000 Computer Applications in Research 45 30 60 4
MRTM8000 Research Methods 30 60 60 4
  Electives (choose at least ONE course)        
LIT7106 Gender and Literature 30 30 45 3
LIT7107 Renaissance Literature 30 30 45 3
LIT7108 Modernism and Modernity in Africa 30 30 45 3
  Year 1  Semester II        
LIT7211 Advanced Theory and Practice of Drama 45 30 60 4
Ugandan Literature
45 30 60 4
LIT7213 Oral Literature 30 60 60 4
Scholarly Writing and Publishing Skills
45 30 60 4
Advanced Creative writing
30 60 60 4
  Electives (choose at least ONE course)        
LIT7216 Children’s Literature 30 30 45 3
LIT7217 Criticism of Poetry and Prose 30 30 45 3
LIT7218 Romantic Poetry 30 30 45 3
  Year 2  Semester I       23
Proposal writing
120 60 4
Graduate Seminars
15 90 60 4
Year 2 Semester II
180 90 6

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