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
- Embassy of Jordan
- Ernst & Young
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
- Middle East Eye
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- 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
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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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.
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International21980 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21980 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National10680 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased 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
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