12 months
15861 EUR/year
7430 EUR/year
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The Comparative Literature programme of Trinity College Dublin is designed to provide an understanding of Comparative Literature as a subject of study and a critical practice.


Course Description

Comparative Literature as we understand it is the study of literature over time and across cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Reading literature is defined by us mostly as close reading, although in our engagement with the Digital Humanities we are open to distant reading, drawing on technical tools such as topic modelling etc. In comparing literary texts, however, we also rely heavily on a particular focus on cultural theories.

The Comparative Literature programme of Trinity College Dublin works closely with other MPhils, such as the MPhil in Literary Translation or the MPhil in European Identities. Students of the MPhil will enrol in two core modules to be trained in the use of theory, criticism, and various possibilities of comparison ranging from the application of imagology to interdisciplinary approaches. These core modules are then complemented by two option modules with more specific literary and cultural content.

Students will be trained in the following areas:

  • Comparative and interdisciplinary research skills
  • An understanding of key terminology (intertextuality, influence, magical realism, etc.)
  • Applying cultural and philosophical theories to literary texts
  • An understanding of literary and cultural histories
  • An understanding of debates surrounding comparative literature and world literature
  • Reading literature in English translation but also in other languages. Ideally the knowledge of languages other than English is desired for this MPhil, although it is not a prerequisite.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory and Methodology
  • Literature and.......
  • Moving Between Cultures

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.1 BA
  • Two academic references
  • For non-native speakers of English: IELTS results 6.5 overall minimum, and minimum of the writing rubric of 6.5, as well as academic writing sample. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15861 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15861 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7430 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7430 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

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