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  • Start date: September 2018

Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA

This four-year degree offers the same advantages as the Comparative Literature BA, focusing on European languages and with the added attraction of a year spent abroad in a European country. It combines comparative critical enquiry with a more in-depth study of one modern language and its literature and culture.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Q201
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
A humanities subject required. French required for French pathway. Spanish required for Spanish pathway.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects with no score lower than 5. See A Levels information for subject requirements.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher).

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A Levels at grades AAA. A humanities subject required. French required for French pathway. Spanish required for Spanish pathway.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL - London's Global University - is the ideal environment in which to study a comparative literature degree.

  • This programme offers the opportunity to study one or two modern languages to an advanced level, and incorporates an engagement with literature written in different cultural contexts.

  • The year abroad will give you a deeper understanding of a modern foreign language and its variants.

  • Comparative literature modules in years one, two and four will explore the reception, circulation and translation of texts across different periods and cultures.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

In years one and two you will take two culture-specific compulsory modules in the department of your choice, either in SELCS or in SSEES. You will also study language and literature modules in one foreign language - selected prior to enrolment - either at beginner’s level or at more advanced post-A level alongside students taking modern languages degrees.

You will also attend compulsory modules in comparative literature and select two from a wide range of options.

The third year is spent abroad where your foreign language of choice is spoken. At least 50% of the subjects studied abroad must be in the area of literary and cultural studies. You may also study a second language subject to the host university's permission.

In the final year you will continue studying either your first foreign language or a different foreign language (which may be the one you began studying abroad) at an advanced level, together with comparative literary elective modules. A dissertation is compulsory.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Cultural Encounters in World Literature
How to Read Texts

Optional modules

You will select at least 1.0 credit from a list of comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 1.0 credit of language modules and 1.0 credit of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Imitation, Invention, Authorship
Word, Image, Sound

Optional modules

You will select at least 1.0 credit from a list of comparative and literary intermediate modules taught in SELCS, SSEES, and Greek & Latin. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 1.0 credit of language modules and 1.0 credit of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English.

Year abroad

Students spend their third year in a country where their foreign language of choice is spoken. At least half of the modules taken abroad must be in literary and cultural studies. Students may also study a second language, where permitted by the host university.

Whether they undertake an internship or a university placement, students on their year abroad will engage in guided academic work and critical reflections so as to make the most of their cultural and linguistic immersion.

For further information please visit the SELCS year abroad website.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Dissertation

Optional modules

You will select at least 1.0 credit from available comparative and literary advanced modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may also be read in the original language.

You will also select 1.0 credit of language modules and at least 1.0 credit of language-specific literature modules focusing on the close analysis of literary texts in a language other than English, and on their wider cultural context.

Your learning

You will experience a wide range of learning opportunities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive groups and multimedia projects. Core modules will be taken together with all Comparative Literature students in your year. Optional modules will be taught by specialist staff from across UCL and will provide you with an opportunity to learn alongside students on other programmes.

Assessment

You will be assessed by written examination and essay. Project work and a dissertation will contribute to your overall assessment. You will be required to give presentations, work on group projects and multimedia projects and actively participate in class discussion.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad BA.

Careers

On graduation you will have gained breadth of knowledge, cultural awareness, writing skills, and familiarity with advanced textual analysis. You will have a detailed and effective understanding of at least one language other than English and will be able to work flexibly and creatively across cultures and in a range of fields.

Destinations

The first cohort of students admitted to the Comparative Literature with Year Abroad BA are due to graduate after 2019. Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from School of European Languages and Culture programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£17,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Your personal statement is of great importance. We expect the fullest possible account of your literary interests, including extracurricular readings. We want you to reflect on your familiarity with different cultures and on your ability to think critically and creatively across languages and cultures. We particularly welcome applicants with a good knowledge of at least one language other than English.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018



Selection

We may interview candidates by telephone to assess linguistic ability (if stated), cultural awareness and intellectual potential. If you meet our entry criteria and show the required level of motivation, we will invite you to an offer-holder Open Day, where you will meet members of academic staff.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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