Taught course

Comparative Literature

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject (eg, English, French, German, Italian, Hispanic Studies, Classics), or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Comparative Literature at Kent offers an excellent environment for the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders.

Comparative Literature at Kent involves the study of literature from two or more national and linguistic traditions, allowing you to gain an intercultural and transnational understanding of diverse cultural and literary practices. The MA programme explores three main areas: themes, genres, movements and major literary figures; the interactions and exchanges between national literary traditions; and the theory and practice of comparative literature. These complementary strands encourage comparative analysis in a variety of contexts, ranging from the study of national literatures to the exploration of different genres, periods, media and literary theory.

The programme is offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and benefits from staff expertise in a range of areas, including European modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial literature, literature and medicine, literature and sexuality, literature and psychoanalysis and literature and the visual arts. Our programme also draws on additional expertise in the School of European Culture and Languages, particularly from colleagues in the departments of French, German, Hispanic Studies and Italian.

You begin by studying a choice of four modules across the Autumn and Spring terms, before writing a 12,000-word dissertation over the summer, supervised by an expert in the department.

The MA in Comparative Literature is an ideal programme for those wanting to engage in and pursue detailed literary and cultural analysis that crosses national boundaries.

Course structure
The programme comprises three main interweaving strands:

themes and major figures in European literature
interactions between European national literatures, as reflected in important genres such as autobiography and the fantastic
comparative literature in theory and practice, with an emphasis on the history of the discipline and ways of reading literature comparatively.
These complementary strands encourage comparative analysis in a variety of contexts: national literatures, genres, media and theory.

Assessment is by one 5,000-word essay for each module, and the dissertation.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/ems/eng-lang-reqs/index.html 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 visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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