University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Comparative Literature

The MLitt in Comparative Literature explores the transnational understanding of literature and culture, providing students with a critical evaluation of theoretical approaches combined with the intensive study of an extremely broad range of European texts and their relations to other literatures. The taught portion of the course consists of four compulsory modules and a range of optional modules held over two semesters. Classes are delivered through a mixture of lectures (with around 20 students) and seminars (which vary from individual one-to-one teaching up to ten students). Modules are assessed through coursework; there are no final exams for this programme. You will spend the summer months focusing on researching and writing a final dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements:
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements/

One language taught at the School of Modern Languages (Arabic, French, Italian, German, Persian, Russian or Spanish) to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 7, Common European Framework Level B1, or equivalent.

Course modules

Each module typically comprises:

1. two hours per week of lectures, seminars or practical classes;
2. coursework assessment 100%.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules:1. Literary and Cultural Theory 1: explores a range of literary and cultural theories through which texts of all sorts may be conceptualised, criticised and analysed.
2. Apples and Oranges: Issues in Comparative Literature: explores the most pressing questions which arise when different texts are put in contact, using pairings of texts to reflect on different kinds of relations.
3. Research and Professional Skills: introduces students to a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers and key to many other non-academic workplaces.
4. The Contemporary Canon: Why Books Sell: analyses the meaning of the word 'contemporary' as applied to literary texts based on three disciplines (including, but not limited to, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish).
Optional modules: 1. Research and Professional Skills: introduces a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers including analytic and critical skills; oral skills; group work; and IT research skills.
2. French Literary Revolutions: explores contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the French-speaking lands from the Renaissance to the present day.
German Literary and Cultural Contexts: examines contexts that have shaped literature and culture in the German-speaking lands from the Middle Ages to the present day.
3. Italian Literary and Cultural Contexts: investigates the issue of Italian identity through seminal works by Italian writers from the thirteenth century to the present day.
Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Contexts: studies the key elements of classical and modern Arabic and Persian literatures and cultures from pre-Islamic times to the present.
4. Generations in Russian Literature and Culture: investigates issues in Russian culture and history through the lens of genealogy, drawing on the expertise of researchers in the Department of Russian.
5. Patterns in Hispanic Literature and Film: a high-level introduction to research areas of Hispanic literature and film.
6. Specialised research in French, German, Italian, Middle Eastern, Russian, or Spanish and Latin American Studies: offers students the opportunity to develop their skills of literary and textual analysis through directed reading on a topic of their choice.
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on an agreed topic covering at least two different inter- or intracultural areas and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment methods

MLitt: 9 months of continuous assessment and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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