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The Bachelor of Literature Programme aims at providing a basic literature knowledge foundation as well as training in academic research and creative writing, and also prepares students for careers in academia, the general private sector or publishing enterprises (or to even establish their own). It will enable students to contribute to the advancement of research and literary output.

Programme Summary

Course Name:BA in Literature
Course Initials:  BALIT
Total Units:Minimum 36,Maximum 42
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Programme Informations

The entry qualifications to this programme of the Open University of Tanzania [OUT] are:

  1. Two principal passes with a total of 4 points in arts subjects, one of which must be English language subject.
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning Qualification which is B+ grade (where A =75-100, B+ = 65-74, B=50-64, C =40-49, D = 35-39, F = 0-38).
  3. C) Foundation Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated from the six subjects taught in the programme.
  4. d) At least four O’-Level passes (Ds and above) or NVA Level III with less than four O’Level passes or equivalent foreign qualifications as established by either NECTA or VETA.


 Ordinary Diploma (NTA Level 6) in education, languages, journalism, mass communication, public relations, communication skills, law and tourism with a GPA of 3.

  1. e) At least four O’-Level passes (Ds and above) or NVA Level III with less than four O’ Level passes or equivalent foreign qualifications as established by either NECTA or VETA.


Ordinary Diploma in education, languages, tourism, journalism, mass communication, public relations, law and communication skills, with average of B.

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Payments are done per unit where as one unit costs 60,000. In addition to tuition fee, students will be required to pay other charges like examination fees, essential reference books, stationeries and other related costs for research projects.

Caroline Nimehi Mugolozi

Phone number: +255 754 967 772

A bachelor’s degree in Literature forms students into skilled, knowledgeable, and ethical interpreters of texts mostly in the English literary tradition and offers students the opportunity to nurture their ability to produce literary texts.

The degree is designed to help students understand the process of communicating and interpreting human experience through literary representation; in doing so they develop reading, writing and analytic skills; learn historical contexts and disciplinary methodologies; and become ethical communicators.

As students study how individuals in specific historical, cultural, and rhetorical circumstances represent their experience and ideas through the medium of language, they learn how to formulate their own ideas critically, creatively, and persuasively.

They learn to raise significant questions, gather relevant evidence, reach well-reasoned conclusions, weigh alternative systems of thought, and write as means of intellectual inquiry and creative expression, all crucial skills necessary to be effective thinkers and communicators in the current information-intensive society.

Students also develop an ethical orientation to living as their study of literature encourages them to value human actions, motivations, and differences

The distribution of marks for each course is 30% for Main Timed Test (MTT) and 70% for Annual Examination (AE). At the end of each academic year, a student failing a course or more than one course is allowed to take a supplementary examination in the failed subject(s). If the student fails again after doing supplementary examinations is given a chance to repeat the course. A pass in supplementary and repeat examination is recorded as ‘C’ whatever the marks scored by the candidate.