University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Comparative Literatures and Cultures

The course covers the encounters and exchanges between literatures and cultures across Europe and beyond. Applicants study the theory and practice of comparative cultural study, and consider how concepts of national cultures cross borders and interact with ideas of the global and transnational. You will be given a thorough grounding in cultural theory, critical reading and research skills, and put this theoretical knowledge into practice through the study of topics and themes which span the disciplines, national contexts and time periods. While knowledge of a foreign language is not a requirement for this programme, you will have the opportunity to learn a language at a variety of levels, from beginners to advanced, and to engage with material in foreign languages throughout the programme. The programme culminates in a dissertation, an extended piece of original academic research.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Course modules

All years: institutions of culture; cultural encounters; research skills; plus 2 optional modules from the School of Modern Languages; plus optional units which can vary but may include; global cultures of the book; the cultural imagination of gender; theories of visual culture: text and image; Europe and the Americas; the rise of the novel in 19th-century Europe; tradition and experimentation in 20th-century literature; language and society in present and past; regional and minority languages; foreign language skills for graduate students; supervised individual study.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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