Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This research degree is ideal if you wish to engage critically with the study of comparative literature - or other cultural forms, especially in the area of visual studies - across two or more linguistic, regional or national contexts. The focus of research in the Department of Cultures and Languages is on French, German, Japanese, and 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). This is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need a good first degree in an arts or humanities subject.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English or who have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement 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.
  • IELTS score: 7