The UCL Arts and Humanities MA in Comparative Literature is a taught graduate degree programme.
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.
Suitably qualified candidates can study for the degrees of MPhil and PhD in Comparative Literature.
Research topics can be in traditional areas of comparative literature or in such fields as literary theory, translation studies, gender studies and interdisciplinary studies.
The PhD requires a minimum of three years' full-time study (minimum four years' part-time). The MPhil is a research degree of the shorter type, normally requiring two years full-time (four years part-time). Students can study on a full-time or part-time basis; part-time non-residential registration is also possible in some cases.
A minimum of an upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Early application is advised due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in a language and literature subject, or in a related subject such as history, cultural studies or media studies. A sophisticated understanding of cultural diversity is essential. A reading knowledge of at least one language other than English is normally expected.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Comparative Literature at graduate level
- why you want to study Comparative Literature at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
All students take a UCL Graduate School research skills course.
such things as information retrieval and processing, the efficient and
critical use of electronic resources, project management,
bibliographical referencing and dissertation writing techniques.
of its skills development programme the UCL Graduate School hosts two
Royal Literary Fund Fellows, professional authors who offer one-to-one
tutorials in effective academic writing for both native and non-native
speakers of English.
With its exceptional range of modern and ancient languages and cultures, UCL provides a comprehensive environment for comparative literary study.
Departments housed in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities cover Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish and Yiddish. The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) deals with all the major languages, literatures and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, including Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian and Slovak.
Many UCL staff have comparative and interdisciplinary research interests in addition to their subject specialism.
A co-operation agreement with the nearby School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) covers teaching as well as research and ensures global coverage.