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Comparative Literature MA

Course Description

Compare literatures from across the world, written in many different languages from antiquity to the contemporary. We offer a unique a range of courses from classical Greek and Latin right up to twenty-first century European, Asian, Middle-Eastern, African, American and Pacific literature. You will also have the opportunity to develop your language skills and take modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Key benefits

- Exceptional geographical and historical range of literature options

- Staff who are leading experts in European and World Literatures

- Thematic approaches that reflect new and emerging scholarship

- Opportunity to study modules from across the faculty of Arts and Humanities

- Located in the heart of London, close to libraries and cultural institutions

- An internationally respected MA that offers a springboard to further study

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/comparative-literature-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

At the heart of the academic programme is a range of specially designed comparative modules. Core modules introduce the practice, methodology and theory of comparative literary studies. Further comparative modules allow a detailed focus on comparative aspects of literary themes, genres, and historical periods, while the dissertation also has a comparative focus. One free elective may be taken, and the Modern Language Centre provides modules at all appropriate levels to enable development of existing language skills.

- Course purpose -

The MA in Comparative literature is designed for students who want to look beyond conventional literary cannons and engage in comparative study across a wide range of cultures.

- Course format and assessment -

If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with at least six hours of teaching a week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 33 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 17.5 of independent study.

We will typically assess our modules through coursework, although some modules may make use of blogs and presentations. We will assess your dissertation through a 10,000-word essay.

Career prospects:

Research; arts administration; teaching; journalism; tourism, the voluntary and financial sectors.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

More Information:

The Department of Comparative Literature at King’s College London: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/complit

Visit the Comparative Literature MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Marina Romani

A recent student in the MA in Comparative Literature was Marina Romani from Italy.

Marina writes: ‘When applying for postgraduate programmes in the UK, King's College London was my first choice. The multidisciplinary approach is surely one of the strengths of Comparative Literature. I am enthusiastic about every aspect of King's: our department is small and friendly, and everybody is willing to give you a hand; the lecturers are inspiring and highly competent; our classes are stimulating and well-organised. It's challenging and rewarding to be a student here. One of the many distinctive aspects of King's is its location in London. You can't imagine my joy when I discovered that I could walk from Covent Garden to go to my classes at the Strand campus!’


Entry Requirements

2:1 undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as in history, politics, international relations or languages. Applicants without a literature degree should demonstrate academic engagement with literary study in their application. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Last Updated

06 February 2017

Course Fees

(2017/18) Full time: UK/EU: £9,450. Overseas: £18,420. Part time: UK/EU: £4,725. Overseas: £9,210

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