12 months
24660 GBP/year
11040 GBP/year
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Study literature from six different continents covering over 2,500 years, comparing literatures from across the world, written in many different languages, in different cultures from antiquity to the present day. The Comparative Literature MA at King's College London provides an introduction to the practice, methodology and theory of comparative literary studies through our required module. 


We offer a unique range of options from classical Greek and Latin right up to twenty-first century European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and American literature as well as the opportunity to develop your language skills.

This Comparative Literature MA at King's College London is ideal for students who want to look beyond conventional literary canons and engage in comparative study across a wide range of cultures.

Key benefits

  • Unique combination of geographical range and historical depth.
  • Thematic approaches to facilitate cross-cultural readings on topical issues.
  • Study with academic staff who are leading experts in European and World Literatures.
  • Opportunity to specialize with optional modules from across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, including learning a language at our Modern Language Centre.
  • Located in the heart of London, close to libraries and cultural institutions.
  • An internationally respected MA that offers a springboard to further study.

Career prospects

For many of our graduates this course is a springboard to further research. However, others transfer the skills and knowledge they develop with us to pursue careers in arts administration, teaching, journalism, tourism, and the voluntary and financial sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The World Novel
  • Melancholia & Hypochondria
  • Queer Connections: Male-Male Desire & the Classical Past
  • Translation, Colonialism, Postcolonialism
  • Myth after Slavery
  • Polyglot Literatures of Modern Egypt: 1900-2000
  • World Literature as Critical Pedagogys

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as English, Modern Languages, Classics, Cultural Studies, History, Politics or International Relations. Applicants without a literature degree should demonstrate academic engagement with literary study in their application.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • You should also include one essay (between 2,000 to 4,000) as a sample of your written work with your application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24660 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24660 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11040 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • National: £5,520 per year
  • International: £12,330 per 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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