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Comparative Literature PhD (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 31-JAN-22

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The PhD in Comparative Literature and Critical Theories at the University of Birmingham offers students the opportunity to propose and develop exciting doctoral projects exploring relevant aspects of the cultures of the world through the study of literature, as well as other cultural forms, and critical theory.

Hosted in the Department of Modern Languages this programme counts on the wide expertise of academics able to supervise projects that look into cultural forms produced not only in English, but also in Arabic, Catalan, French, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. Students are also enabled to work on many aspects of critical theory, from those associated with the Frankfurt School to postcolonial theory, decolonial studies, eco-criticism, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist and queer theory, memory studies, translation theory and linguistics.

Students can also benefit from supervision of academics across the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music and the College of Arts and Law, enabling support for projects interested in cultural forms beyond literature such as music, film and visual art.

The plurality and diversity that characterizes the work of our academics provide unique combinations of expertise that are ideal for ambitious, interdisciplinary projects dialoguing with comparative studies and critical theory.

Emploability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

Application deadline

01 July 2021

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 18,810per 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 Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 106 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    156 76%

    18th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 83%

    33rd

    13

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