Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

Comparative Literature

This field, sometimes also understood as comparative cultural studies, has since its beginnings, recognised the realities of cultural movement and of exchange and dialogue. At its centre is the notion of 'world literature' along with attention to cultural, philosophical and theoretical questions. We also examine cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, exile, and other phenomena of our increasingly interconnected world.

Entry requirements

A 1st Class or good Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in an area such as comparative literature, languages, English, philosophy, classics, and history; knowledge of 1 or more languages other than English is desirable, though presently not a pre-requisite; applications from graduates from other countries are welcome; where English is not the student's 1st language, the student needs to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.

Course modules

Core module: Cultures of comparison. Option modules: Anglo-German travel writing; constellations (online anthology project); exilic writing and the making of world literature; from the sublime to trauma (representing the unrepresentable); mapping 20th-century Latin; American fiction; in pursuit of prejudice? (mutual perceptions of identity); novels behaving badly; postcolonial studies today; thinking translation.

Assessment methods

Modules will normally require a written essay of 4,000 words. The dissertation would be 10,000 words


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,450 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,250 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Mile End Tower Hamlets E1 4NS South East

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
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