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, 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).

An PhD 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.

Start Date:

Up to four years.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: 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: Usually a good first degree in an arts or humanities subject. Specific indication of research interests or outline of proposed research prior to interview. 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.
  • IELTS score: 7