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Comparative Literature and Critical Theories - MA

University of Birmingham    School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

Our MA in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories is an interdisciplinary, transnational programme. It invites students to engage with crucial debates about the different ways in which cultures across time and space have understood the relationship between literature and the world, the concept of representation and the role of the author in the cultural domain.

Successful graduates of the programme will be trained in comparative and critical theory and have a strong grounding in a range of world literatures and cultures across time and space.

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Entry Requirements

The programme allows for multi-disciplinary entry. You will need an upper second-class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent if you were educated outside of the UK.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Birmingham


Student Profile(s)

Ilenia Durante

What have you learnt from your programme?
“I would say I have learned a lot, both from an academic and a personal point of view. Enrolling in this course changed completely my perspective. First of all, I have become a more reflective person, which means that before taking any decisions or drawing conclusions, I always apply a critical analysis to anything. It also made me enthusiastic in always learning new concepts, theories or ideas.

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?
“Being a student at University of Birmingham, I really felt part of a diverse and global community. The university does not only offer a range of opportunities from an academic perspective, but also from a social point of view. I have always loved the campus, where everything is super handy. From the library, to different cafes, to study spaces, to the sport centre and the Guild of Students.

“I think the location is also ideal. The campus is very well-connected with the city centre and this allows students, especially postgraduates, to be able to commute without any problems.

“Overall I would say that the University of Birmingham has not only given me the chance of experiencing life in another country, but I also met incredible people and made friends for life.”

How has your course and your time studying at Birmingham prepared you for your future career?
“Through the Careers Network the University offers, both during the studies and even after graduation, the possibility of exploring all the opportunities in the job market. I have frequently attended Careers Fairs, with the chance of meeting in person potential future employers, but I have also extensively used their online systems. When I was confused about my career or future steps, I decided to book several meetings with the Career Network consultants. They were super helpful and talked through different directions, providing me with all the information I needed and giving me a perspective of different opportunities available.”


The College of Arts and Law is pleased to offer a number of Home fees-only scholarships for candidates wishing to study full- and part-time masters-level courses from September 2023.

Applications are welcome from UK, EU and Overseas students wishing to study any discipline within the College's five schools:

English, Drama, American and Creative Studies
History and Cultures
Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music
Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Value of Scholarship(s)

One year's tuition fees at Home rates


These awards are open to UK, EU and Overseas students, studying full-time or part-time campus-based masters-level programmes in the College of Arts and Law.

They are available to students who commence their study at the start of the 2023 academic year. These awards are not available to current Masters students.

International students are eligible to apply, and will receive a reduction in tuition fees equivalent to the Home rate if successful.

Applications for funding can only be considered alongside an application to study.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, you must have completed an application to study. You will then need to complete our online funding application form. Your application must also be supported by two references.

For detailed advice and to complete the online funding application and funding reference forms, please visit our College of Arts and Law scholarships how to apply page.

The deadline for applying is Monday 3 April 2023 at 4pm.

By applying, you will be automatically considered for relevant College of Arts and Law scholarships. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

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