Research course

Comparative Literature

Queen Mary, University of London · Comparative Literature

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement for admission to the programme is an upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject and a postgraduate degree (MA, MRes) from a UK university, or overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard. At its discretion, Queen Mary may accept candidates with alternative qualifications or an appropriate level of research experience gained in the workplace or similar environment.

Language requirements

We may require a qualifying examination in English and/or evidence of an appropriate level of competence in written and spoken English.

The School accepts students for a research degree, leading to a PhD. Applicants for this degree are accepted on the basis of previous academic performance and subject to the availability of a member of staff to supervise their work. We welcome applications from home and overseas students. Prospective students are advised to consult a potential supervisor with a draft research proposal before submitting a formal application. You should also include a relevant piece of written work showing your potential for carrying out high level research in your subject area (preferably a final-year undergraduate or MA dissertation), with your application. Completed applications should be sent to the Admissions and Recruitment Office at Queen Mary.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Comparative Literature and Culture engages in collaborative research with our School’s own Departments of French, German, Iberian and Latin American Studies, and Russian.

We focus on four distinctive research areas:

  • Literature, science and ethics.
  • Transcultural visual studies and cultures of materiality.
  • Transnational and cosmopolitan studies.
  • World literature.

Department specialisms

Literature, science and ethics, • Transcultural visual studies and cultures of materiality, • Transnational and cosmopolitan studies, • World literature.

Information for international students

Click here for more information.

Fees and funding

A PhD is a significant financial investment, but it is one that we believe brings an invaluable personal experience and a wealth of professional opportunities on your graduation.

There are a range of different sources of funding available for PhD students at QMUL. These include QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentships, UK Research Council Awards, and Scholarships provided by our international partners, as well as research funding from charities and industry.
Finding funding is an important element of the application process –and we recommend that you begin to explore your funding options as early as possible.
It is important to be aware that different funding bodies and organisations will have different deadlines: the majority of these will fall in the November – February prior to the commencement of your PhD project in September.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programme Administrator
020 7882 8332