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.
- 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.
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- 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
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Languages Linguistics View 595 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
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- 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.
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International16020 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16020 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8820 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.