University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Comparative Literature

As well as inviting the comparative study of literary works of different linguistic and cultural origins, this absorbing programme encourages you to explore the interrelation between literature and the other arts, such as music, visual arts and film.

You'll embrace a range of languages and cultures within Europe, North America, South America and Asia, and draw on the teaching and research expertise of our internationally renowned departments, including several of the highest-rated literature departments in the UK.

The programme introduces you to subjects related to your studies, such as comparative literature, world literature and post-colonialism, translation studies, intermediality, psychoanalytical criticism, formalism, feminist literary theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, and deconstruction.

The programme also allows you to follow your own research interests through other tutorial work and your independently researched dissertation.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in an appropriate subject; applicants are asked to send a writing sample (in English) of between 3000-4000 words; this can be a previous essay or dissertation excerpt submitted as part of the applicant's degree studies; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Compulsory courses: theories and methods of literary study (i and ii); research methods and problems; research skills and methods. Option courses may include: Brecht and beyond: staging politics from the 1920s to the present; decadence in European art and literature, 1857-1914; Don Quixote and the picaresque in English literature; fantastic fiction; modern European fiction, text and context, explorations in postmodernism - postmodernity and its fictions; the great Russian novel; the holocaust in visual culture; poetry, music and translation; the transatlantic and French-speaking Caribbean literatures and cultures.

Assessment methods

Dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,925 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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