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Comparative Literature

Entry Year: 2021

2 study options

Comparative Literature BA (Hons)


Key information

BA (Hons)
3 years
September 2021
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level.
BTECs may be accepted - call the Clearing hotline for further information. BTEC entry requirements
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Comparative Literature with Year Abroad BA (Hons)


Key information

BA (Hons)
4 years
September 2021
UCAS code
Institution code
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC.
IB: HL 28 points / 554 at Higher Level.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students


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.

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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


  • Brief Encounters: Around The World In Short Stories
  • Culture and Language
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

Abigail Blain, Comparative Literature (2018)


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 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. 


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.


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.

Unistats data for these courses

Comparative Literature - BA (Hons)

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.


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