Taught course

Comparative Literature

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to provide an understanding of
Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical
practice. The core modules provide the theoretical and
methodological basis for comparing texts of various genres
and artefacts of different media at an advanced level.
Optional modules enable the further development of these
competencies and offer opportunities to develop and apply this
knowledge and these skills to a range of primary texts from a
wide range of languages, cultures, epochs and other contexts.
Applicants would normally be required to have a good
honours degree (at least upper second class honours
standard), or an equivalent qualification, in a cognate area.
Applicants should normally have an advanced reading
knowledge of at least one language other than English among
those offered by the School of Languages, Literatures and
Cultural Studies at Trinity.
The course consists of two core modules taken by all students
(Theory and Methodology and Moving between Cultures),
two options from the range offered in a given year, and
a dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words whose theme and
approach should be comparativist.
In order to be awarded the degree of M.Phil. in Comparative
Literature candidates must satisfy the Court of Examiners by
obtaining an overall pass in both the following components:
1. The assessment work for core course 1, core course 2,
options 1 and 2 (combined)
2. The dissertation
The two core modules each contribute 20% of the overall
assessment, the options each contribute 10% and the
dissertation 40%.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Peter Arnds
+353-1-896 1501