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Comparative literature will develop an impressive set of transferable skills highly valued by today's graduate employers, including:

  • analytical ability: all that high-level sleuthing for links and differences will make you highly logical, while also developing your intuitive skills
  • highly sophisticated reading skills: you will be able to read lengthy pieces without being sidetracked by 'fluff', and then summarise and precis with accuracy
  • the ability to put things in context,and a well-developed awareness  of the world around you
  • presentation skills: you will produce high-quality written work and give presentations, both essential in the world of work
  • team-working skills. 

Graduates in comparative literature are likely to be attracted to fields such as the media and PR, where their interest in broad culture will provide an invaluable background.Writing skills are useful in journalism, advertising, marketing and so on. You could also go into professions such as law (by taking the one-year conversion course) or teaching.

Graduates from the Department of Comparative Literature & Culture go on to work in a wide variety of careers.

The broad range of skills gained through our Comparative Literature programmes, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience has enabled our students to move into careers such as:

  • Trainee PR Account Executive (Mission PR)
  • Adviser (St Peter's Community Centre)
  • English Teacher (Madani Girls School)
  • Editor (Weekly Times Newspaper)
  • Freelance Events Manager (Tate Movie Project BBC)
  • Retail Development Executive (Heineken UK)
  • Independent Financial Advisor (Nationwide)
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