The UCL Graduate Programme in Comparative Literature welcomes MA and PhD students in every major area from classical to contemporary literature.
We are particularly interested in innovative approaches to literary and cultural studies, and in research with a comparative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary focus, including research in the following fields:
- literary and cultural theory
- material and visual cultures
- reception studies
- themes and genres
- cultural history
- comparative gender studies and performance studies
- translation studies
- diasporas and migration studies
- new media.
The MA Comparative Literature is taught on an interdepartmental basis and gives students great flexibility in shaping their own course of study.
At PhD level, we promote original research in literary and cultural studies at an international level, in the English-speaking world and beyond.
As UCL is situated in the heart of London, the Graduate Programme in Comparative Literature offers a unique opportunity to study literary works in all major European and non-European languages.
Language and literature departments from across the Arts and Humanities Faculty contribute to our programme, including the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS), the Departments of English, Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).
Our cooperation agreement with the nearby School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) ensures a global coverage that few institutions can rival.
We also work closely with the UCL graduate programmes in Film Studies, Gender, Society and Representation, and Translation Theory and Practice, and with the Centre for European Studies, promoting exchange and collaboration among staff who, collectively, cover an exceptionally wide range of expertise.