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Comparative Literature and Film

Entry Year: 2025

2 study options

Comparative Literature and Film BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2025
UCAS code
QP24
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250*
Overseas fees
Fees for 2025 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2025-26 have not yet been set.

Comparative Literature and Film with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2025
UCAS code
QP4Y
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
Home fees
£9,250*
Overseas fees
Fees for 2025 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2025-26 have not yet been set.

Year abroad cost

Finances for studying abroad on exchange

View details

Overview

Inspired by page and screen? Join us to expand your cultural and literary horizons while honing your understanding of film.

Stories take us back in time, transport us to different places and let us explore alternative realities. At the same time, their narratives are rooted in the most important issues of history, politics, film, gender studies, and more.

Study at a university on the doorstep of major film studios, post-production houses, and the sought-after resources of the BFI. You’ll also benefit from the endless libraries, galleries, concert halls and theatres where you can challenge your literary perspectives further.

A community of experts

Studying these subjects together is about breaking down existing text while creating new stories for the screen. You might unpick the aftereffects of colonialism, then discuss the importance of children’s literature. Perhaps while unlocking the history and theory behind cinematic image and language.

Taught by internationally acclaimed researchers and film practitioners, you can learn to write, think, analyse, shoot, and direct. And we have the largest literature department in the UK, with research covering storytelling from across the world, from our London East End home to Asian and North African literature.

Few industries can match the exciting career opportunities in film. Meanwhile, comparative literature gives you analytical skills sought after by employers. You could be joining our graduates as directors, screenwriters or editors. Or perhaps you see yourself working in publishing, marketing or journalism.

Structure

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

Year 1

YEAR 1
Compulsory

Understanding Culture 
Introduction to Comparison
Concepts and History
Approaches and Analysis
Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

YEAR 2
Compulsory
The Scene of Reading
What is Cinema? Critical Approaches
Digital Filmmaking
Choose from a range of modules including
Colonial Literatures, Post-Colonial Perspectives
Literature and Philosophy
Madness, Past and Present
Film Futures: Professional Development
Cineman and Disability
Womens Filmmaking in Latin America 
Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

YEAR 3
Compulsory
The Scene of Writing
Choose from a range of modules including
Film Philosophy
German Film III: Contemporary German Cinema
New Independent Indian Cinema
Postsocialist Intimacies: Gender and Sexual Politics in Contemporary China
Postcolonial Perspectives on the Russian Novel
Photography, Activism and Environmental Justice 
Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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

Year abroad
Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Comparative Literature and Film Studies 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.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately eight hours of weekly contact time, in the form of seminars, workshops and group work in the studios or on location.

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

Assessment

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

Resources and facilities

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

  • the Queen Mary library
  • our state-of-the-art 65 and 40 seater cinema
  • a film production suite, two film studios with professional lighting grids, and two edit suites
  • access to a large range of professional and broadcast-standard production and post-production equipment
  • 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, Bengali, Catalan, Italian or Spanish.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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 18 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.
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 admissions

Our standard contextual offer: BBC at A-Level.

Our enhanced contextual offer: BCC at A-Level.

More information on our contextual offer criteria can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded from any A-Level offer and cannot be considered.

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects.
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 18 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. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsOur standard contextual offer: BBC at A-Level.

Our enhanced contextual offer: BCC at A-Level.

More information on our contextual offer criteria can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded from any A-Level offer and cannot be considered.

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

Comparative Literature and Film Studies graduates have a broad range of skills that can take them through to successful careers, such as analytical and critical thinking, as well as practical film production.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as directing, film production and copywriting, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as public relations.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Celebrity Chef Consortium
  • Heineken UK
  • Lateral Film
  • Levay Estate
  • Mission PR.

Career support

The School of Languages Linguistics and Film offers a range of career support, including for students interested in working during their year abroad. You’re able to get advice on how to gain work experience in the film industry, attend networking or industry events, apply for internships, volunteer and work part-time.

Our careers team can also offer:

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film explores global culture and communication through a vibrant interdisciplinary environment with five distinct but interconnected areas of academic excellence. Our multilingual community brings together brilliant minds from across the world to share a wealth of expertise – from practical film-making and contemporary literature to experimental neurolinguistics and 11 different modern languages – so that students can become truly global citizens.

Our School’s five Departments are united by the common threads of communication and culture, opening the doors to new worlds of opportunity. Both a single and richly varied entity, our School’s work enables creative thinking that goes beyond national, linguistic and cultural boundaries. We combine research excellence with an unrivalled commitment to social justice and social mobility, true to the Queen Mary spirit, achieving the previously unthinkable through our School’s unique mix of bright minds.

 

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