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This multidisciplinary, flexible course in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish) at Birkbeck, University of London will give you a thorough grounding in comparative literature and cultural studies in the context of modern languages. 

About

The Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish) course at Birkbeck, University of London allows you to explore the cultures of a variety of language-speaking areas: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian, and Spanish and Latin American. You can take a broadly comparative pathway through the degree or choose to engage with one or more specific language-speaking areas. 

The course brings together a team of renowned academic experts in cultural studies, visual studies, linguistics, comparative literature and cultures, history and thought. We will help you steer a pathway through the programme that reflects your specific interests, career and personal ambitions, and language knowledge. You will be able to choose whether you study texts in the original language(s) or in English translation; if you work in the original language(s) this will be reflected in the final degree title (eg MRes French and Spanish). 

After specialist training in research skills, you will undertake a piece of independent research, culminating in a 30,000-word dissertation. 

If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Comparative Literature.  

Highlights

  • This course offers a large number of flexible pathways, allowing you to take a broadly comparative approach or to specialise in a particular language or language-speaking area.
  • Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 91% of eligible staff submitted research, of which 75% was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • You will have access to outstanding specialist libraries, including the collection of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at Senate House.
  • The departments involved in teaching this programme run a series of research events for both their taught and research postgraduates.
  • Students applying for this programme are eligible to apply for School of Arts taught postgraduate funding and may be eligible to apply for our Aaron Sims Scholarship.
  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Careers and Employability

Graduates go in to careers in international organisations or businesses, translating and teaching, research and journalism. Possible professions include teacher, researcher, journalist, or translator. This degree may also be useful in becoming an academic librarian, writer, arts administrator, or advertising copywriter.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Studying Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies in Modern Languages
  • Research Skills Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (Modern Languages)
  • Imagining the Nation
  • Interrogating the Self
  • Memory and History

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details: You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          180 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

          Schedule IELTS

        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Lower Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        General Requirements

        • Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
        • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
        • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
        • You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          15200 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          8350 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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

        Funding

        Check the programme website for information about funding options.

        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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