Literature is an essential component of culture. For this reason, it is at the core of every nation‘s development and identity formation. It is a key manifestation of the spirit of humanity; that aspect of it without which it ceases to function as the ultimate form of creation. The collapse of great nations has time and again in history been brought about by the drastic decline in morality; and a basic source for the sustenance of morality is literature. Although at the primary level it is a spontaneous realization of the aesthetic potentiality of man, literature requires for its full blossoming a deliberate systematic training in creativity. As a discipline, Literature is concerned both with this training, and with the study of literary theory and criticism.

At the end of the course learners will be expected to:

  • Use literary theory effectively in the analysis of literary material and use literarymaterial practically to disseminateknowledge.
  • Use their critical insights to appreciate literature, art andculture.
  • Utilize their creative faculties to disseminate social and historical world knowledgeimaginatively.
  • Use the knowledge acquired in the agenda of nationaldevelopment.

Applicants must hold at least an Upper Second Class Honours (BA or B.Ed. Arts) degree in Literature from Chuka University or equivalent qualification from other recognized institutions of higher learning.

Specifically, the applicants must have studied Literature at the undergraduate level and obtained a minimumaverage aggregate grade of ―B‖ in the discipline. In exceptional cases, holders of Lower Second Class Honours degrees may be admitted to the Programme provided that such applicants have studied Literature as an option and can demonstrate ability to do literary research and/or creative writing evidenced by manuscripts, publications, and relevant work experience.

The Master of Arts in Literature programme shall extend for a period of at least eighteen (18) months but not more than thirty-six (36) months for full-time students. Students enrolled into the Programme on a part-time basis shall complete it in a period not exceeding forty-eight (48) months.

The Master of Arts degree in Literature shall be taken by coursework, examinations and thesis/project. The coursework shall constitute at least thirty (30) Credit Factors, and the thesis, fifteen (15) Credit Factors. The coursework and examinations shall be done in the first year of study and the thesis shall be written during the second year. There shall be two options for the Master‘s degree in Literature: Literary Theory and Criticism, and Creative Writing. Students pursuing Option (i) shall be required to take courses leading to writing of a Thesis in Literary Criticism. Students pursuing Option (ii) shall be required to take courses leading to a Creative Writing Project. Candidates shall be expected to satisfy the Board of Examiners with regard to the Thesis/Project as stipulated in the Tharaka University Statutes.

Full Time  Ksh-120,000/= per year 

Applications should be on official forms available at Tharaka University  in Gatunga; Non-refundable fee of KES 2,000 for postgraduate courses degree, and diploma programmes and KES 1,000 for certificate courses to be deposited in the following accounts:

Bank Name        Account Name:   Branch       Account Tharaka University


Co-operative      Fees   Collection  

Bank                     Account                 Chuka       0112972400000

Equity Bank        Fees   Collection   Chuka      021 0277753588


KCB Bank           Fees   Collection   Chuka       1240985967


How to Apply?

Reach out admission Office via 0721839583 or 0703684570