Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This research degree is ideal if you wish to engage critically with the study of comparative literature ' or, indeed, other cultural forms, especially in the area of visual studies ' across 2 or more linguistic, regional or national contexts. The focus of research in the Department of Cultures and Languages is on French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish'speaking cultures in a transnational context, and we welcome research proposals that focus comparatively on or across these areas. The Department has great expertise in a wide variety of themes both historically and geographically (in Europe, Japan and the Americas).

Course Modules

Indicative areas of research

Canon formation.

French language literature and culture.

German language literature and culture.

Japanese language literature and culture.

Literary and film history.

Intermediality, intertextuality and translation across genres andmedia.

Portuguese language literature and culture.

Spanish language literature and culture.

Transnational cultural theory and criticism in all the above languages.

Visual culture.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,260 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,225 Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,260 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £12,325 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Usually a good first degree in an arts or humanities subject.
  • Specific indication of research interests or outline of proposed research prior to interview.
  • International entry requirements
  • If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.