Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish)

This multidisciplinary, flexible course will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. It also allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian, and Spanish and Latin American. You can take a broadly comparative pathway through the degree or choose to engage with one or more specific language-speaking areas. The course brings together a team of renowned academic experts in cultural studies, visual studies, linguistics, comparative literature and cultures, history and thought. We will help you steer a pathway through the programme that reflects your specific interests, career and personal ambitions, and language knowledge. You will be able to choose whether you study texts in the original language(s) or in English translation; if you work in the original language(s) this will be reflected in the final degree title (eg MRes French and Spanish). After specialist training in research skills, you will undertake a piece of independent research, culminating in a 30,000-word dissertation. If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Comparative Literature. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - You will have access to outstanding specialist libraries, including the collection of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at Senate House. - The departments involved in teaching this programme run a series of research events for both their taught and research postgraduates. - Students applying for this programme are eligible to apply for School of Arts taught postgraduate funding and may be eligible to apply for our Aaron Sims Scholarship. - The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year's free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Entry requirements

Master of Research - MRes: A first degree or the equivalent.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

A 30,000-word dissertation related to a specific language-speaking area or areas.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time evening October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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