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Folklore Survey

The collection of Sudanese oral traditions and items of material culture is one of the ongoing projects of the department. Besides the staff members, students, teachers, local government officials and rural development officials have participated in the folklore survey. Folklore students have taken this activity as part of their training in collection, preservation and analysis of folklore materials, both oral traditions and cultural articraft

  • Post -graduate Diploma in Folklore


The diploma in Folklore is awarded after the successfully completion of a one -year programme of full-time study comprising of a number of courses.


  • Master of Arts Degree in Folklore


The Master of Arts degree in Folklore is awarded after the successful completion of a two-year programme of full -time study comprising of course work, field research, and a dissertation of not less than 30.000 words based upon the student's own research.


  • Ph.D. Degree in Folklore


The Ph.D. degree in Folklore is awarded after the successful completion of three courses relevant to the candidate's dissertation topic. Candidate will be required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of language significant within the area of their proposed dissertation (in addition to their mother tongue and a European language). The dissertation will be examined after a minimum of 24 calendar months from the successful completion of the three courses.


  • Admission Requirements


  1. Candidates for the diploma must have received a general degree from the University of Khartoum or its equivalent from another university.
  2. Candidate for the Master of the Arts degree in Folklore must have obtained a P.G.D. from the Folklore department. Or an honors degree from the university of Khartoum or its equivalent from another university.
  3. Candidates for Ph.D. degree must fulfil the university's General Regulations for a Ph.D. as well as specific departmental regulations.
  4. Candidates must have obtained an M.A. in Folklore. Candidates with an M.A. in a related discipline from the University of Khartoum or another university may be considered for admission to the Ph.D. Course on the recommendation of the Board of the institute and with the approval of the Graduate College Board.
  5. Courses for post -graduate Diploma and M.A. part 1 in Folklore (all courses last one semester).


  • Folklore theories
  • Field Methodology
  • Applied folklore
  • Introduction to African or Near -East Folklore
  • Material culture Ethnomusicology
  • Oral tradition and History
  • African Folklore or Asian Folklore
  • Middle Eastern Folklore
  • Research seminar


6. Students who are doing the course on African or Asian Folklore (an area study course which deals with the Folklore of one area in Africa or Asia) will be required to attend courses in a language relevant to the area, provided by the department of Sudanese and African languages.


7. All courses meet for 2-3 hours of lectures and seminars per week, except for the language courses which meet for four per week. A semester has 15 weeks.


  • Research projects


1. The folklore survey.


2. The compilation of Folklore Indexes.


3. Folklore and History.


4. Tradition, Urbanization and development.


5. Folklore of House settlers in the Sudan.


6. Bibliography of Sudanese Folklore in languages other than Arabic.


7. Tradition Music


8. Material culture.


  • Publications


The Department publishes the Sudanese Heritage series (see publication list on page 63 and following), which is based on field -collected and annotated texts. It draws upon materials collected in the Folklore survey. So far thirty -one in the Folklore survey. So far thirty -one issues in this series have seen published. Although this series is mostly in Arabic, some of its issues are in English or local languages. The Department also publishes holdings at the Folklore Archives as well as specialized indexes.