A first or upper-second class BA honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, a distinction or merit in an MA programme or equivalent in a relevant subject and the appropriate language skills. Research students need to demonstrate competence in the relevant languages.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Months of entry
January, September, May
Comparative Literature at Kent offers an excellent environment for the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders. On this PhD programme you benefit from spending a year at Kent's Paris School of Arts and Culture, to immerse yourself in French culture and language.
Over the duration of the PhD, you produce an original piece of research of up to 100,000 words. Previous and ongoing doctoral projects in Comparative Literature with a French component include: 'Representations of the Jew in the Nineteenth-Century Novel in France, Germany, and England’, 'Sleep and States of Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century British and French Gothic Literature', and 'Comedy and the Spirit of Contingence: The Comic as Theorised in Modern Philosophy, and its Realisation in Post-War British and French Drama'.
Information for international students
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Need help with English?
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
Fees and funding
Please see our funding pages for the most current information
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of European Culture and Languages
- +44 (0)1227 827 283