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History and Comparative Literature

Entry Year: 2020

2 study options

History and Comparative Literature BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
VQ12
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

History and Comparative Literature with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
VQ1Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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*

*These fees are for the 2019-20 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2020-21 have not yet been set.

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Overview

Strengthen your knowledge of history while also expanding your literary and cultural horizons.

Our BA in History and Comparative Literature will see you combine these two subjects, which complement each other by giving you an understanding of the historical contexts in which literature is written.

You’ll gain a solid grounding in the discipline of literary studies in your first year, before going on to choose from options ranging from fairy tales to British horror to Japanese film.

The history programme allows you some flexibility from the first year, and to select from a range of British, European and American topics in later years, including politics and the war on terror.

The range of optional modules throughout means you can tailor your studies to concentrate on the areas of history and literature which interest you most. You also have the option to extend your degree by studying abroad for a year.

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Structure

You can complete your History and Comparative Literature degree in three or four years.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Comparative Literature
  • History in Practice
  • Introduction to Comparison
  • Introduction to Literature
  • The Scene of Learning
  • Understanding Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Theory

Choose from

  • Europe in a Global Context: 1800 to the present
  • Unravelling Britain: 1800 to the present

And two from

  • An Age of Revolution
  • Building the American Nation: The US 1765–1890
  • Europe and the Wider World since 1800

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • The Scene of Reading

Choose from

  • History of Western Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought

Choose from

  • A Century of Extremes: Germany 1890 - 1990
  • A History of Terror in the Modern Age 1858-2008
  • Approaches to Fairy Tales
  • Colonial Literatures, Post-Colonial Perspectives
  • European Tragedy: Renaissance to 20th Century
  • From the Tsars to the Bolsheviks: Russia 1801-1921
  • Kingdoms, Empires, and Colonisation in African History
  • Photography and Narrative
  • The American Century: The History of the United States, 1900-2000

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • History Special Subject (this includes a dissertation) in one of the following subjects
  • Making Thatcher's Britain: the Thatcher Revolution, 1975-1997
  • The French Civil War 1934-1944
  • The Kennedy Years
  • The Scene of Writing
  • The War on Terror

Choose from

  • Art since 1965: from the Rejection of Modernism to Postmodernism
  • British Horror: Film Television and Literature
  • Comparative Literature Research Project
  • Comparative Modernisms: the Case of China and India
  • Japanese Film: History, Culture and Fantasy
  • Narratives of the Raj
  • Touch and Read: The Five Senses in Literary Modernism

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 spend your third academic 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.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll receive approximately 12 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminars and small working groups.

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

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework and exams, or coursework only, and a research project.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • a vibrant History Society
  • the Queen Mary History Journal, a major scholarly publication stocked by the British Library, which is written, produced and edited entirely by students
  • a central London location that offers ready access to a wealth of world-class libraries, archives, museums and galleries
  • other events throughout the year, including 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

History and Comparative Literature - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History 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. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

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.

History and Comparative Literature with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level History. 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 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include History 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. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in History modules at Distinction.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
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.

Careers

History and Comparative Literature graduates have a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers, such as analytical and critical thinking, organisation, communication and cultural understanding.

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 Movie Project BBC
  • Weekly Times Newspaper.

Career support

Together, the School of Languages Linguistics and Film (SLLF) and the School of History offer a range of support for students. This includes one-to-one advice clinics, workshops and evening events.

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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About the Schools

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have 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. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

School of History

The School of History is ranked 11th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. 

Our staff are world-leading scholars engaged in innovative teaching and bringing history to the wider public on TV and radio: you will learn from academics at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Our London location offers students unrivalled access to museums, archives and libraries.

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