This pathway of the MA Literary Studies will centre on the study of the theory and practice of comparative literature.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Comparative Literature and Criticism pathway?

  • You’ll be introduced to the history, main concepts, and debates of comparative literary theory.
  • We complement our theoretical study with close readings of a wide range of texts. These texts come from different periods, and from diverse cultural, geographic and linguistic backgrounds. They may not just be books – you’ll also look at film and visual text to enrich your studies.
  • While the core module gives you a strong grounding in comparative literature, you also have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests thanks to the flexible structure of the MA, by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to comparative studies.
  • You will be able to further develop your own comparative reading skills and reflections through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core Module

  • Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism 30 credits

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Student Destinations

Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8040 Home/EU - part-time: £4020 International - full-time: £15500

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Although the ability to read in another language will be useful, it is not compulsory. All texts will be studied in English, in English translation, or with English subtitles.

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