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BA Comparative Literature

UCAS Code: Q200

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.

Overview

Degree benefits

  • The BA Comparative Literature affirms UCL's role as a global leader in the diverse and thriving field of literary and cultural studies. A new degree building on the strength of well established departmental programmes, and combines this with the study of a foreign langauage from an exceptional range of modern and ancient languages including Japanese, Arabic, Swedish and Dutch.
  • Comparative Literature is available as a 3-year degree; BA Comparative Literature, and as a 4-year degree; BA Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad.
  • You will be able to choose from the exceptional range of languages taught at UCL, including many of the less frequently spoken languages of Europe and beyond. 
  • Language learning takes place in small groups with research-active teachers, many of whom are native speakers. Your learning will be well supported by the excellent facilities of the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
  • You will benefit from the outstanding specialist library resources and the enormous range of cultural experiences-such as exhibitions, film festivals, and concerts-that London has to offer.
Structure BA Comparative Literature with Year Abroad

UCAS Code: Q201

BA Comparative Literature with Year Abroad

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits each, adding up to a total of 120 credits each year. The range of modules available to students varies from programme to programme and year to year.

ELCS modules are humanities-based modules which complement the language-specific teaching and are open to students from all SELCS languages. The range of topics typically includes literature, film linguistics and history with a predominantly European focus.

Language

Prior to enrolment, students will choose a foreign language (30 credits), which they will study either ab initio or at a more advanced level. You are not able to select a language which could be considered your native language or one in which you have completed the majority of your education. Language options can be chosen, subject to availability, from:

Year One

  • Core compulsory modules in your language as well as the Comparative Literature core modules.
  • Choose from a range of first-year comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may be read in the original language.
  • Choose from a range of  literature related modules from your language department subject to availability.
  • Choose from a range of first-year ELCS modules. 

Year Two

  • Core compulsory modules in your chosen language as well as the Comparative Literature core modules. Choose from a range of intermediate comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may be read in the original language.
  • Choose from a range of  literature related modules from your language department subject to availability.
  • Choose from a range of intermediate ELCS modules.

Year Three

  • Year Three is the Year Abroad, this is spent in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

Final Year

  • Advanced modules in your chosen language (students will only be admitted to these courses if they have mastered the required language level - language placement tests will be used to assess proficiency).
  • Choose a combination from a range of comparative literature and literature related modules.
Structure BA Comparative Literature

BA Comparative Literature

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits each, adding up to a total of 120 credits each year. The range of modules available to students varies from programme to programme and year to year.

ELCS modules are humanities-based modules which complement the language-specific teaching and are open to students from all SELCS languages. The range of topics typically includes literature, film linguistics and history with a predominantly European focus.

Language

Prior to enrolment, you will choose a foreign language (30 credits), which you will study either ab initio or at a more advanced level. You are not able to select a language which could be considered your native language or one in which you have completed the majority of your education. Language options can be chosen, subject to availability, from:

Year One

  • Core compulsory modules in your language  as well as the Comparative Literature core modules.
  • Choose from a range of first-year comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may be read in the original language.
  • Choose from a range of  literature related modules from your language department subject to availability.
  • Choose from a range of first-year ELCS modules.

Year Two

  • Core compulsory modules in your chosen language. You can choose to continue with your chosen language, or, subject to approval, change to a different language.
  • Comparative Literature core compulsory modules and choose options from a range of intermediate comparative literature modules. All texts will be available in English or in English translation, as appropriate, but may be read in the original language.
  • Choose from a range of  literature related modules from your language department subject to availability.
  • Choose from a range of intermediate ELCS modules.

Final Year

  • Advanced modules in your chosen language (students will only be admitted to these courses if they have mastered the required language level - language placement tests will be used to assess proficiency).
  • Choose a combination from a range of comparative literature and literature related modules.
Modules
Click here for a full list of all UG (BA) modules in SELCS.
Entry

BA Comparative Literature with a Year Abroad

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
A humanities subject required. Subjects required to include the following if studied as the main language: French or Spanish grade A.
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. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/a-level-gcse

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Higher level subjects to include the following if studied as languages: French or Spanish at grade 6.
International Applicants and Alternative UK Qualifications

For entry requirements with international and other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, please see the entry requirements on the Prospective Student website.

BA Comparative Literature

A Levels

Grades
AAA
Subjects
A humanities subject 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. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrollment, further details at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/application/requirements/a-level-gcse

IB Diploma

Points
38
Subjects
A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
International Applicants and Alternative UK Qualifications

For entry requirements with international and other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, please see the entry requirements on the Prospective Student website.

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 these programmes is: Advanced

Careers

On graduation from this programme you can expect to have excellent oral and written language skills and breadth and depth of cultural knowledge. This degree cultivates numerous transferable skills, including the ability to organise your time and work independently, think critically, and analyse and present information.

The first cohort of students admitted to the BA Comparative Literature graduated in 2019. Many have chosen to continue their studies in a variety of exciting fields, ranging from journalism and publishing to international relations and global health studies. For more information about recent graduates from the other School of European Langauges, Culture and Society degrees at UCL for a selection of representative careers.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Apply

Your application

In your application, you should demonstrate an interest in the literature, culture and history of the language you are proposing to study. Involvement in cultural activities in the language (i.e. reading newspapers and magazines, watching television and films or engaging with relevant communities) is regarded favourably, as is travel to the country in question.

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

Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer open day, where you can experience the sort of teaching that we offer and life in SELCS.

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

Studying Comparative Literature