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Comparative Literature - MA

University of Kent

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Canterbury Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Comparative Literature at Kent offers an excellent environment for the postgraduate study of literature beyond national and linguistic borders. The programme involves the study of literature from two or more national and linguistic traditions, allowing you to gain an intercultural and transnational understanding of diverse cultural and literary practices.

The MA programme explores three main areas: themes, genres, movements and major literary figures; the interactions and exchanges between national literary traditions; and the theory and practice of comparative literature. These complementary strands encourage comparative analysis in a variety of contexts, ranging from the study of national literatures to the exploration of different genres, periods, media and literary theory.

The programme is offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and benefits from staff expertise in a range of areas, including European modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial literature, literature and medicine, literature and sexuality, literature and psychoanalysis and literature and the visual arts. Our programme also draws on additional expertise in the School of European Culture and Languages, particularly from colleagues in the Department of Modern Languages.

You begin by studying a choice of four modules across the Autumn and Spring terms, before writing a 12,000-word dissertation over the summer, supervised by an expert in the department. The programme can also be studied in Canterbury and Paris, where you relocate to Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture for the spring term.

The MA in Comparative Literature is an ideal programme for those wanting to engage in and pursue detailed literary and cultural analysis that crosses national boundaries.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is by one 5,000-word essay for each module, and the dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for the academic study of comparative literature at MPhil/PhD level
  • attract outstanding students, irrespective of race, background, gender, or physical disability from within the UK
  • further the University’s International Strategy by attracting graduate students from abroad as well as from the UK
  • enable you to begin to specialise in your areas of interest
  • enable you to hone your ability to read literature and literary theory critically and comparatively
  • provide you, consistent with point one above, with a transition from undergraduate study to independent research
  • provide you with a training that will culminate, if followed through to PhD level, in the ability to submit articles to refereed journals in comparative literature.

Careers

A postgraduate qualification from the University of Kent opens up a wealth of career opportunities by providing an impressive portfolio of skills and specialist knowledge.

Comparative Literature graduates develop key skills, including critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. They go on to successful careers in areas such as the media, academia and many different cultural institutions including libraries, museums and galleries.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Kent

  • University League Table

    47th

  • Campus address

    University of Kent, Recruitment and Admissions Office, Registry, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, England

With a global reputation for academic excellence, first-class research and teaching, Kent offers a superb education and memorable student experience.
Kent welcomes students from 164 countries. 25% of students are from Europe and overseas, creating a diverse and supportive community.
Welcome events for international students include welcome talks, visits to local tourist attractions, campus tours, themed evenings and sporting events.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 106 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    131 64%

    37th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    17th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    52nd

    23

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