Comparative Literature

Entry Year:2019

2 study options

Comparative Literature BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Q200
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information

Comparative Literature with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Q201
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
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Overview

Expand your horizons by studying literatures and cultures from around the world.

Our BA in Comparative Literature allows you to delve into a range of literatures from different time periods, genres and languages. You’ll examine links between literature and other art forms, including music, film, popular culture and visual arts.

In the first year you’ll be given a solid grounding in the discipline of literary studies. Throughout the course, you can tailor your studies to concentrate on the areas of literature that interest you the most, with options from modern fairy tales to European literature to modernist literature in India and China. You can also study a host of themes ranging from madness to migration. There are some creative options, such as editing your own anthology.

You also have the option to extend your degree by studying abroad for a year.

Structure

You can complete your Comparative Literature degree in three or four years. If you choose to do a year abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Comparative Literature
  • European Literature and its Contexts
  • Introduction to Comparison
  • Introduction to Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • The Scene of Learning
  • Understanding Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Theory

Choose two from

  • Brief Encounters: Short Stories and Tall Tales
  • Myth and Modernity
  • The Opposite of Science: How to analyse poems
  • The Romantic Experience in Europe (1800–1840)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • The Scene of Reading

Choose seven from

  • Colonial Literatures, Post-Colonial Perspectives
  • Experiments in contemporary Women’s Writing
  • Fairy Tales in the Modern World
  • Homeward Bound: From the Odyssey to O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Madness, Past and Present
  • Migration through Photography
  • Photography and Narrative
  • Presentations of London in Modern European Literature and Film
  • Why Belgium? Identities, Cultures, Narratives

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • The Scene of Writing

Choose seven from

  • Comparative Literature Research Project
  • Comparative Modernisms: the Case of China and India
  • Constellations: Online Anthology Group Project
  • Faust in Legend, Literature and the Arts
  • First World War Literatures
  • Grand Tours: 19th century Adventure Stories for Young Readers and their 20th Century Afterlives
  • Lost in Translation?
  • On the Subject of Sex II: Queen to Queer
  • Photography: The Self and its Image
  • The East in the West

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Comparative Literature BA with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

Testimonial

Studying Comparative Literature at Queen Mary has been amazing. The course is challenging, progressive and engages with real world issues through the study of literature, art, film and history on a global scale. The best thing about Comparative Literature is the ability to study texts from countries including Mexico, China and Nigeria that a more traditional literature degree would not include.

Teaching and Facilities

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately eight hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminar groups and workshops.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of exams and coursework, or coursework only. The final year may include completion of a research project.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • Ling Lunch talks
  • departmental guest speaker seminars, which allow you to hear from Queen Mary academics, researchers and experts from institutions in Europe and North America
  • events throughout the year, such as public debates, film nights and book launches, which attract diverse audiences and offer networking opportunities.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish. 

Entry requirements

Comparative Literature - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Comparative Literature with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

Comparative Literature graduates have skills such as analytical and critical thinking, and the ability to produce high-quality written work. They also approach the world with a broad cultural understanding. Coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, they are well prepared for the world of work.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as education and the arts, whilst others have transferred their skills into areas such as public relations.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Heineken UK
  • Mission PR
  • Nationwide
  • St Peter’s Community Centre
  • Tate Modern Project BBC
  • Weekly Times Newspaper.

Career support

The School of Languages Linguistics and Film offers support to students interested in working during their year abroad. Over the years, we have developed relationships with employers around the world and are able to share a number of interesting roles with our students.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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  • Comparative Literature with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)