Taught course

Modern German and Comparative Literature

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

A first or 2:1 in a relevant subject (normally German), or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Modern German and Comparative Literature involves the postgraduate study of German literature within a broader comparative context. Uniquely, it offers the opportunity to spend a fully funded month at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach.

Politically, economically and culturally, Germany is one of the most influential countries in Europe. Examining German literature alongside wider trends in European culture, the MA in Modern German and Comparative Literature introduces you to a wide range of theoretical perspectives, enriching your appreciation of the cultures, texts and critical practices examined in the programme’s various modules. In the spirit of interdisciplinary dialogue, you benefit from expert teaching from members of both the Department of Modern Languages and the Department of Comparative Literature.

In the autumn and spring terms, you take a choice of four modules, before undertaking a 12,000 word dissertation over the summer, supervised by an expert within the department. While writing the dissertation, you will have the opportunity to spend a month at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (DLA), as part of an innovative internship scheme generously subsidised by the DLA, learning about the work of the world’s leading research archive for modern German literature.

This programme is ideal for modern languages graduates who wish to consolidate their knowledge in a wider context; English graduates wishing to diversify their interests; and graduates in other humanities subjects (history, philosophy, theology) who would like to apply their knowledge to literary material.

Teaching and Assessment

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

Information for international students

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of European Culture and Languages
+44 (0)1227 827272