Comparative Literature

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.


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.

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