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Comparative Literature

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BA Comparative Literature

Entry Requirements

Grades AAA
Subjects A humanities subject is required
GCSEs
English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required.
Other qualifications and International qualifications
For full details of entry requirements please visit the Three Year Prospectus or Four Year Prospectus Page.

Course structure

The BA Comparative Literature affirms UCL’s role as a global leader in the diverse and thriving field of literary and cultural studies, building on the strength of well-established departmental programmes, and on a unique range of language-specific degrees.

Students have the choice between two independent strands of study:

  • a three-year version of the degree, which foregrounds the independent critical analysis of literary texts, the global range of literatures and the academic study of specific cultural contexts and critical traditions
  • a four-year version, including a Year Abroad, which combines comparative critical inquiry with a more in-depth study of one modern foreign language and its literature and culture.

Three Year Degree

Prior to enrolment, students will choose a foreign language, which they will study in year one, ab initio or at a more advanced level (1 Course Unit). Language options can be chosen, subject to availability, from:

  • The School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) - Danish, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • The School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) - Bulgarian, Czech / Slovak, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian / Croatian, Ukrainian
  • The Department of Greek & Latin - Ancient Greek, Latin
  • The Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies - Hebrew
  • UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE) - Arabic, Japanese,  Mandarin Chinese

In all three years, students will choose 0.5 course units  of culture-specific content courses per year from courses offered by the department teaching the language, and 0.5 course units of any other relevant content courses taught in the Faculty (subject to availability).

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Four Year Degree

Prior to enrolment, students will choose a foreign language, which they will study in year one, ab initio or at a more advanced level (1 Course unit). Language options can be chosen, subject to availability, from:

  • The School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS) - Danish, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • The School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES) - Bulgarian, Czech / Slovak, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian / Croatian, Ukrainian
  • The Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies - Hebrew

Please note: Students on the four-year version of the degree will NOT have the opportunity to switch to a different language after year one. Applicants who wish to choose French or Spanish will need to be at A-Level standard or equivalent.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4