12 months
21980 GBP/year
10680 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Comparative Literature programme from SOAS University of London attracts students who seek an opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well known worlds of African and Asian literature.

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At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty. This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations.

While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars. In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society.

A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to the MA Comparative Literature .

Why study Comparative Literature at SOAS

SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in the UK

Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021 for South Asian Studies

SOAS is specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia

access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world.


Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS University of London not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.

Recent School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics graduates have been hired by:

  • Africa Matters
  • Amnesty International
  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • BBC World Service
  • British High CommissionCouncil for British Research in the Levant
  • Department for International Development
  • Edelman
  • Embassy of Jordan
  • Ernst & Young
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Google
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Middle East Eye

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies
  • Comparative Literature: Methodology and Critique
  • Comparative Literature: A New Era
  • World Literature
  • Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel
  • African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries
  • African Philosophy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21980 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21980 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    10680 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10680 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

PT fees (2 years):

  • UK/ - 5,340 GBP/year
  • Overseas  - 10,990 GBP/year

PT fees (3 years):

  • UK - 3,560 GBP/year
  • Overseas - 7,330 GBP/year

PT fees (4 years - intensive language only):

  • UK - 5,340 GBP/year
  • Overseas  - 10,990 GBP/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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