Comparative Literature compares literatures in western European languages from antiquity to modernity alongside selected literatures from Africa, the Middle East, China and South Asia. Core courses on Comparative Methodology and Theory. An ideal foundation for research and careers in teaching, journalism, the arts.
- Modules that cross period boundaries in adventurous ways.
- Coherent emphasis on the literature of the West and its empires
- Student body from a wide range of countries (eight in 2008)
- Located in the heart of London.
Research; arts administration; teaching; journalism; tourism or the financial sector.
Professor Javed Majeed
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Comparative Literature
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year. Please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx
for information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
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For graduates of English or a language-specific degree. To develop literary (and, as applicable, language) skills to an advanced level and to provide a critical understanding of literature in a broad, comparative context.
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.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Comparative Readings
- Comparative Theories
Indicative list of optional modules
- Comedy in Theory
- Melancholia & Hypochondria in 18th century Europe
- Surrealism & Visuality
- Comparative Cultures: Muslim Spain in the European Imagination
- Cavafy Reader and Read
- Prison Writing.
Electives from English, US, Australian, French, Francophone African, Spanish & Latin American, German, Portuguese, Lusophone African, Brazilian, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek & Latin Literature.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Taught core and optional modules assessed mostly by coursework, sometimes by examination, plus a compulsory dissertation which accounts for 33 per cent of the total marks.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as in history, politics, international relations or languages.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks, although turnaround may be quicker during less busy periods. Applicants resident in the UK will normally be interviewed, and overseas applicants will be interviewed by email. You should include one essay as a sample of your written work with your application. For full module descriptions please see the department's website.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Within your personal statement, you should include full details of the optional modules you wish to take, together with a paragraph on your proposed dissertation topic.
You should also include one essay as a sample of your written work with your application.
Comparative Literature MA
I wanted to attend a world-class university and enjoy the city as a hub of academic and creative talent. At Kings, I found a critically-driven French department, and a supervisor who knew my research area well and adopted a hands-on approach.
Access to the varied departmental, Graduate School, and Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies seminars, and to the libraries across the University of London, means there is rarely a dull moment. Being involved with the BBC Bush House Book Club, the British Film Institute, and a small performance group at King's has added to my social and cultural experiences.
I am grateful to have been awarded the KCL and AHRC Scholarships (to cover my living expenses and tuition fees respectively), as it means I don't have to supplement with part-time work.
On completion, I would like to teach or research in the UK or abroad. I am sure that the skills I will have acquired at Kings will open up prospects in Comparative Literature, French, and English Studies. If you are interested in coming to King's, you should find a supervisor that shares your research interest, and make sure you have a polished research proposal by getting others to critique it. Look for funding opportunities and take note of deadlines! Enjoy!
Comparative Literature MA
King's College London has a broad range of humanities programmes and a wide international reputation as an excellent university, with many of its departments being rated among the best in Europe. However, the main reason why I chose to do my master's here was the academic staff; since my first meeting with them at a School of Humanities open day, and then throughout the whole programme, they showed a genuine interest in my studies and helped me to gain the skills and knowledge I needed in order to make the most of my graduate year.
One further advantage of studying at King's has definitely been the international atmosphere. London itself is a very cosmopolitan city and the location of my campus, in the very heart of the West End, is fundamental to enjoying everything it has to offer. Also, with so many nationalities represented within the student body at King's, I have felt part of a varied and rich academic community which was very important in making my MA year such a rewarding experience.