Research course

Comparative Literature

Birkbeck, University of London · European Cultures and Languages

Entry requirements

Usually a good first degree in an arts or humanities subject.

Specific indication of research interests or outline of proposed research prior to interview.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

This research degree is ideal if you wish to engage critically with the study of comparative literature - or other cultural forms, especially in the area of visual studies - across two or more linguistic, regional or national contexts. The focus of research in the Department of Cultures and Languages is on French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking cultures in a transnational context, and we welcome research proposals that focus comparatively on or across these areas. The Department has great expertise in a wide variety of themes both historically and geographically (in Europe, Japan and the Americas).

Department specialisms

canon formation French language literature and culture German language literature and culture Japanese language literature and culture literary and film history intermediality, intertextuality and translation across genres and media Portuguese language literature and culture Spanish language literature and culture transnational cultural theory and criticism in all the above languages visual culture.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Advice Service
+44(0) 20 3907 0700