Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
Comparative Literature MA
This interdisciplinary MA is taught on an interdepartmental basis by staff who, between them, cover an exceptionally wide range of expertise. The flexible nature of the programme enables students to develop their own interests whilst gaining a thorough understanding of modern literary theory and comparative literature.
What will I learn?
Students develop a thorough understanding of modern theories of literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures, and gain practical experience in comparative literary studies. The programme also develops the critical and analytical skills necessary for research in this field.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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 & 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. A co-operation agreement with the nearby School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) covers teaching as well as research and ensures global coverage.
Many UCL staff have comparative and interdisciplinary research interests in addition to their subject specialism. 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: literary and cultural theory, material and visual cultures, reception studies, themes and genres, cultural history, comparative gender and performance studies, translation studies, diaspora and migration studies, new media.
Student / staff ratios › 54 staff › 195 taught students › 58 research students
Taught or Research Pathway?
This MA programme offer two pathways: Taught or Research. The two different pathways allow you to tailor your MA
programme to your academic and professional needs.
London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies
All students of the Comparative Literature MA will automatically receive membership of LINKS, a London-wide network for Comparative Literature Studies
All MA programmes should add up to a total of 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.
You will take the two compulsory modules (30 credits each for a total of 60 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 60 credits' worth of other modules.
You will take the two compulsory modules (30 credits each for a total of 60 credits), the dissertation (90 credits) and 30 credits' worth of other modules.
- CLITG003 – Comparative Literary Studies (30 credits)
- CLITG001 – Modern Literary Theory (30 credits)
- CLITG099 - Dissertation (60 credits) or
- CLITG098 - Dissertation Research Pathways (90 credits)
- CLITG006 – Apocalypse Literature (30 credits)
- CLITG015 – Revolutions in Literature: Writing China's Twentieth Century (30 credits)
- CLITG017 – Consumer Culture in Literature (30 credits)
- CLITG018 – Readings in Twentieth Century Chinese Literature and Culture: Family, Childhood, Gender (30 credits)
- AFRIG005 – Performance, visual media and popular culture in Africa (15 credits)
- DUTCG206 – Nomadic Literature
- ELCSGG01 – Language, Culture & History (30 credits)
- EUROG003 – Theoretical Issues in History and Literature (30 credits)
- EUROG004 – Topics In Cultural Studies (30 credits)
- MDVLG011 – Comparative Medieval
Literatures (30 credits)
- SEESGE95 – Literary and Cultural Theory (30 credits)
- SEESGE18 – All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Culture, Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe from Stalin to Present (30 credits)
- SEESGE86 – Literatures of Rupture: Modernism in Russia and Eastern Europe (30 credits)
- SEESGE07 – Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Read and Interpret Texts (30 credits)
- TRTPG001 – Translation Studies (30 credits)
- SEESGR04 – The Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (30 credits)
- SEESGR17 - Contemporary Cultural Studies: Between Post-Communism and Post-modernism (30 credits)
- Advanced ELCS Modules
- Dutch MA Modules
- French MA Modules
- German MA Modules
- Greek and Latin department MA Modules
- History MA Modules
- Italian MA Modules
- Scandinavian Studies MA Modules
- Spanish MA Modules
If you wish to take a module offered by a department other than
CMII or SELCS, please contact the relevant departmental administrator in
the first instance.
Please note that some modules fill up very quickly, whilst others are sometimes withdrawn according to student demand, so places cannot be guaranteed.
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.
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible 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.
- All applicants
- 31 July 2015
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
For information on specific opportunities for programmes and research within the Centre
for Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Inquiry (CMII), visit Funding, Studentships & Prizes on the CMII website.
Publishing, academic teaching, research and journalism are the most common destinations for graduates with an MA in Comparative Literature but the civil service, school teaching or employment as a translator or copywriter are becoming increasingly attractive alternatives.
First career destinations of recent graduates include: London Business School: Marketing and Administration Assistant, Jaca Book: Editorial Intern, Macmillan Publishing: Editorial Assistant, Sokol Books Ltd: Antiquarian book-dealing Assistant, Sports Alliance: Lead Copywriter, Sage Publishing: Editorial Assistant, Ministry of Education: Seminar Organisation, British Library: Library Assistant, Chinese University of Hong Kong: Product co-ordinator and Burlington Danes Academy: Graduate Teacher of English.