King's College London

Course Introduction

Comparative Literature is the study of the similarities and differences between literature written in different places and at different times. In Comparative Literature we don't divide literature up according to where it was written or what language it was written in, as you would if you were studying English or French. Instead we divide literature in other ways, such as by its theme or its genre or the period in which it was written.

The study of Comparative Literature at King's embraces 12 languages and 6 continents, and spans over 2,500 years. Unlike many other courses, our degree extends beyond the modern literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, China, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and to the roots of Western and Near Eastern literary traditions in classical antiquity and the Bible. Options on other art forms, such as film, music, and the visual arts complement and add to the study of literature.

In each year of this programme, two modules are devoted to Film Studies. The aim of Film Studies is to provide students with the conceptual tools for a critical understanding of how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images, and to give a background for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.

Selected students in year three have the opportunity to study abroad with one of our partners in the USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany or France.


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.


The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.


The teaching of the comparative literature programme is based at the Strand Campus, in the heart of London, amongst many of the city’s theatres, galleries and musical and literary venues. Our students can thus readily benefit from the cultural resources of relevance to their undergraduate work.

Start Date:


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

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skillPTE Academic69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skillTOEFL (iBT)100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skillsCambridge English Advanced185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillCambridge English Proficiency185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillTrinity ISELevel III (ISEIII) with merit in each skillInstitution's Own TestPass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7