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.

Start Date:

Duration: 2 to 3 years.. Duration: 3 to 5 years..

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