Taught course

Comparative Literature

University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative Arts

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a good Honours degree (2.1 or better) or equivalent in a Modern Foreign Language or cognate discipline (such as English Literature or Philosophy).


  • Fluency in one modern foreign language taught in the School and reading knowledge or better in another.
  • It is highly recommended that you come with a strong background in literary or cultural theory, so that you are equipped to read and understand the assigned texts.
  • You may be asked to attend an informal interview if your application does not demonstrate all entry requirements above.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters offers interdisciplinary study across linguistic cultures as well as academic fields. Benefitting from a strong and diverse School of Modern Languages and Cultures, you will be able to take courses in the comparative study of literatures, film, visual arts, or societies of two or more language areas OR across two or more disciplines. The high degree of flexibility means that you are able to design a unique programme of study suited to your interests.


You will be taught by world-leading researchers working in all areas of the arts, from Literature and Migration, to World Cinema, Book History, Gender and Postcolonial Studies.

Our core courses are geared to building your theoretical approach to Comparative Literature and giving you hands-on training in preparation to undertaking and writing up your own research project.

We have options designed specifically for you, but you are also encouraged to take courses from across the College of Arts, creating a programme which is intensely interdisciplinary, and can be bespoke to your individual interests.

The programme is suitable whether or not you already have knowledge of one or more foreign languages; you may follow it entirely in English translation, or make use of your linguistic skills in our areas of expertise. If you wish to take up a new language, this can be part of your programme of study.

You will be encouraged to participate in our Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, network with world-leading invited speakers, and engage with our annual cross-disciplinary theme.

You will have access to world class libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and teaching/research facilities, that make Glasgow such a vibrant place for postgraduate study.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 7.0; no subtest less than 7.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions