Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

On this programme, you divide your time equally between the two subjects. Comparative literature is about making comparisons – and connections – between challenging themes and motifs in different literatures and cultures. As well as having the opportunity to study a range of genres, time periods, and national literatures (all of which can be studied in translation), you can cross nationalities and even time periods. You could also examine links between literature and a whole range of other art forms: such as music; film; popular culture or visual arts.

Linguistics complements the study of literature, allowing you to gain an understanding of how language works and how we communicate with each other. You will develop systematic ways of looking at examples as diverse as youth language in our multicultural and multilingual cities, or the English used in the media and politics. You will consider how new technologies shape the form of English and whether the spread of English in the world is changing or even killing other languages.

In your first year you will follow foundation modules introducing you to various aspects of linguistic and literary theory alongside modules focusing on particular aspects of both subjects. Advanced options in second and final years permit you to concentrate on the areas of literature and linguistics that interest you the most.

Course Modules

Year 1


Critical Thinking and Writing for Comparative Literature

Foundations of Linguistics

Introduction to Comparison

Introduction to Literature: Texts and Contexts

The Scene of Learning

Understanding Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Theory

Choose two from

English in Use

Introduction to English Syntax

Introduction to Phonology

Language Acquisition

Language in the UK

Languages of the World

Sounds of English

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees