Taught course

European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures

University of Cambridge · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applications for the MPhil course are welcomed from those who have or expect to obtain a good first degree (at least a high 2.1 or the equivalent) in Modern European Language/Culture. Other humanities degrees are also considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (ELAC) provides you with the critical and theoretical tools to enable you to undertake in-depth study of specific aspects of European literature and culture and/or Latin American and Francophone contexts. It introduces you to a broad range of critical theory concepts and includes the writing of a thesis based on original research. You take three taught courses consisting of lectures and seminars, one of which is a core course in critical theory.

The course has a Medieval and Early Modern Pathway for students who wish to specialize in subjects linked to Medieval and/or Early Modern studies. There is also a Latin American Pathway: two modules run in conjunction with the MPhil in Latin American Studies, one of which is a module on Latin American Film. It is also possible to borrow modules from the MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures, and the MPhil in English Studies: Criticism and Culture, run by the Faculty of English.

Generally, students receive, over the academic year, 40 hours of seminars, 16 hours of lecture classes, and 6 hours of one-to-one supervision.

Information for international students

English Language Proficiency: IELTS 7.5 (minimum of 7 in each unit); TOEFL iBT 110 (minimum 25 in each individual element); CAE Grade A or B (minimum 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment; CPE Grade A, B or C (with minimum 200 in each individual element).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Arts and Humanities Research Council, Cambridge Colleges, Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trusts, Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Further details of qualification

Equivalent to Master of Arts. See website for details on continuing to PhD in individual languages.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (15000 words)

Course contact details

MML Graduate Office
+ 44 (0)1223 335057