Taught course

Comparative Literature

Queen Mary, University of London · Languages, Linguistics and Film

Entry requirements

You will need a first class or good upper second class honours degree in an area such as comparative literature, languages, English, philosophy, classics, and history. Knowledge of one or more languages other than English is desirable, though presently not a pre-requisite. Applications from graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.

Months of entry


Course content

Programme description

This programme examines the realities of cultural movement, exchange and dialogue. At its centre is the notion of ‘world literature’ allied to related cultural, philosophical and theoretical questions. We also examine cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, exile, and other phenomena of our increasingly interconnected world.

You will take the core Dissertation module and Cultures of Comparison, a two-term core module on theory.

You will choose two optional modules including themes such as:

  • Novels Behaving Badly
  • Thinking Translation
  • Key Concepts in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • In Pursuit of Prejudice: Mutual Perceptions of Identity
  • Small Worlds: Global Perspectives on Children’s Literature
  • History, Fiction and Memory in French Cinema
  • Modern European Jewish Literature.

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Fees and funding

UK students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 7882 8332