Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This is an innovative, flexible and sophisticated degree from the University of London, internationally recognized for academic excellence. The course offers an exceptional range of core courses and options, taught by leading specialists. You will explore world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad, cross'cultural perspective. You will be studying at a top'ranking languages department with an outstanding research record, offering excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You will expand your cultural horizons, and develop skills of comparative analysis which can be applied to countless other areas. You will have the opportunity to benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a German'speaking environment. You can choose between partner universities such as Heidelberg, Munich and Vienna, teaching placements at German or Austrian schools, or work placements in business or industry.

Course Modules

Comparative Literature and Culture Year 1: reading European film 1; introduction to comparative textual analysis; a special theme in European culture: the city; introduction to literary genre (tragedy). Year 2: histories of representation; critical and comparative approaches. Optional courses: reading European film 2; a special theme in the novel (transgressions); introduction to 19th' and 20th'century European poetry; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: from aestheticism to the avant'garde; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction; trends in contemporary theory; fantasy in medieval and early'modern Europe; transnational cinema; range of optional units. German Year 1: German language 1; German language 2; reading German literature; truth, language and art: key questions in the humanities; modern Germany (history and society); introduction to comparative textual analysis; the birth of European film or reading European film 1. Year 2: German language 2 (grammar and translation); German language 2 (current affairs); history and politics as reflected in the German cinema from the 1930s to the 1990s; ideals and realities in German drama; narrative strategies in German prose fiction; introduction to modern European philosophy. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: German language 3.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBCC-ABBBCC
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 83%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 53%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 57
Studying 23
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 9
Unknown 8

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 30%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 26%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation