Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Comparative Literature and Culture offers the rare opportunity to explore literature, film, philosophy and art from the twenty'first century to ancient Greece and from Latin America to Europe. This prestigious and innovative degree leads the way in opening up critical perspectives, breaking down geographic and conceptual barriers and honing analytical and communication skills as well as performance skills You will develop your passion for culture and your global awareness, as well as the kinds of critical, communication, and leadership skills which are particularly valuable in meeting the challenges of today's workplaces. All course materials are available in English giving you access to a world of culture. The Department of Drama is one of the largest theatre departments in the UK, so it can offer an unusually wide range of subject areas, all taught by specialists. Our Drama resources include a workshop, three major performance spaces, including the new Caryl Churchill Theatre, two rehearsal rooms, two studios, a dance studio, digital studio, green room and seminar spaces.

Course Modules

Drama Year 1: theatre and performance'making; theatre and culture. Year 2: theatre and performance'making 2; theatre and culture 2. Year 3: methods and processes; final year project; research seminar; culture and creativity. 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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • Course specific
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher AABBB

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79% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 69%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 95%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 94%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 0

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 33%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 9%

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

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