A first degree or the equivalent.
Months of entry
This multidisciplinary, flexible course will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. It also allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian, and Spanish and Latin American. You can take a broadly comparative pathway through the degree or choose to engage with one or more specific language-speaking areas.
The course brings together a team of renowned academic experts in cultural studies, visual studies, linguistics, comparative literature and cultures, history and thought. We will help you steer a pathway through the programme that reflects your specific interests, career and personal ambitions, and language knowledge. You will be able to choose whether you study texts in the original language(s) or in English translation; if you work in the original language(s) this will be reflected in the final degree title (e.g. MA French and Spanish).
If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Comparative Literature.
This course offers a large number of flexible pathways, allowing you to take a broadly comparative approach or to specialise in a particular language or language-speaking area.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2017-2018 World University Subject Rankings.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
- You will have access to outstanding specialist libraries, including the collection of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at Senate House.
- The departments involved in teaching this programme run a series of research events for both their taught and research postgraduates.
- Students applying for this programme are eligible to apply for School of Arts taught postgraduate funding and may be eligible to apply for our Aaron Sims Scholarship.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
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