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The Masters in Comparative Literature offers interdisciplinary study across linguistic cultures as well as academic fields. Read more
The Masters in Comparative Literature offers interdisciplinary study across linguistic cultures as well as academic fields. Benefitting from a strong and diverse School of Modern Languages and Cultures, you will be able to take courses in the comparative study of literatures, film, visual arts, or societies of two or more language areas OR across two or more disciplines. The high degree of flexibility means that you are able to design a unique programme of study suited to your interests.

Why this programme

-The School provides a wide range of languages, with a total of nine European languages from Western, Central and Eastern Europe (Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) as well as Chinese (Mandarin).
-The programme is suitable whether or not you already have knowledge of one or more foreign languages; you may follow it entirely in English translation, or make use of your linguistic skills in our areas of expertise.
-If you wish to take up a new language, this can be part of your programme of study.
-You will be taught by world-leading researchers in these fields.
-We have courses not only in the languages, but in the literatures, films, and visual cultures of these linguistic areas, some of which are available to non-speakers of these languages.
-The School hosts a vibrant postgraduate community, with student-led research seminars and social activities.
-This Masters actively encourages you to take courses from across the College, creating a programme which is intensely interdisciplinary, and can be bespoke to your individual interests.
-Our MLitt is complemented within the SMLC by the MSc in Translation Studies and the MLitt in Modern Languages and Cultures.

Programme structure

The Programme is comprised of two core courses, a selection of optional courses, and an independent research project (dissertation), which provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest for an in-depth critical exploration.

The range of options on offer enables you to create your own Masters programme. It also allows you to work in an interdisciplinary capacity, selecting courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests. The Programme Convenor will work with you to construct a portfolio of courses according to your personal aims and objectives.

Teaching is almost entirely in small-group seminars, with student assessment based on presentations, essays and individual research diaries; any language classes you may take will have assessment as appropriate to that mode of learning.

Core courses
Semester one
-Core 1: Introduction to Comparative Literature [Comp Lit 5030] (20 credits)

Semester two
-Core 2: Comparative Literature in Practice (Comp Lit 5031] (20 credits)

Options
Options are subject to approval by Programme Convener. A sample list follows below, but not all these options will be available in a given year.
-Cinema of Communist and Post-Communist Europe
-European and Latin-American Cinema
-Narratives of Illness
-Reading the New Europe
-Text Cultures
-Visual Cultures
-Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
-Marketing and Translation across Media
-Literary Translation

Career prospects

Employers welcome our graduates’ abilities to 'think outside the box' in relation to cultures other than their own, as well as their ability to communicate in oral and written form in a logical, coherent, articulate and creative way.

Our graduates go into the workplace well-prepared to work in a global, international environment, as well as in any field requiring sophisticated communication skills. Some common careers include: publishing, editing, creative industries, and teaching.

The programme also provides an excellent preparation for further study in the fields of Comparative Literature and Modern Languages and Cultures.

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