Prospective Students

Why Study at UCL?

International Students

Careers & Destinations


The Comparative Literature MA is taught on an interdepartmental basis and gives students great flexibility in shaping their own course of study. The programme aims to give students a thorough understanding of modern theories of literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures, and to provide practical experience in comparative literary studies.

Research & PhDs

At PhD level, we promote original research in literary and cultural studies at an international level, in the English-speaking world and beyond. 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:

  • Material and visual cultures
  • Reception studies
  • Themes and genres
  • Cultural history
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • Comparative gender studies
  • Performance studies
  • Translation studies
  • Diasporas and migration studies
  • New media