Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

We have a vast amount of experience in the field, so you will always be taught by leading specialists whose innovative research informs their teaching. In the 2013 National Student Survey, Comparative Literature at Queen Mary was ranked joint fourth in the UK and number one in London, with overall student satisfaction at 94%. Comparative literature is taught in the thriving School of Languages, Linguistics and Film. In the Government's most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), we were ranked highly for the quality of the research being carried out by staff. Finally, while at many universities, comparative literature often sits within the English department, at Queen Mary it is an invigorating, growing and dynamic department in its own right ' a reflection of our commitment to the subject.

Course Modules

Year 1: Introduction to literature: texts and contexts; introduction to comparison; the scene of teaching; options include: Brief encounters: short stories and tall tales; the opposite of science; how to do things with poems; European culture and society. Year 2: The scene of reading; options include: Art and revolution; fairy tales in the modern world; presentations of London in modern European literature, film and fine art. Year 3: The scene of writing; comparative literature research project; options include: Lost in translation?; poetry and poetics of resistance.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £28,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates AABBB
  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB-BB
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD