M.Phil. On Campus

European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures

9 months
28893 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
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The European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures offered by the University of Cambridge provides students with the critical and theoretical tools to enable them to undertake an in-depth study of specific aspects of European literature and culture and/or Latin American and Francophone contexts.


The MPhil in European, Latin American, and Comparative Literatures and Cultures (ELAC) offered by the University of Cambridge introduces students to a broad range of critical theory concepts, allows for in-depth study of specific cultures and contexts, and includes the writing of a thesis based on original research.

The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages as a full-time period of research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge of specific cultural areas.

The course aims:

  • to offer students with relevant experience at degree level a self-contained one-year course in which they have the opportunity for in-depth study of specific aspects of European and comparative literatures and cultures (and in some cases film, history and the visual arts) and critical theory; and
  • to offer a course which is also designed as the first year of research towards a PhD.

These aims are achieved by:

  • offering an overview in central aspects of modern literary/cultural theory and critical approaches to developing a general understanding of the field
  • offering an opportunity for in-depth study of two areas in critical theory and approaches and for developing skills to write on theory and to use theory or palaeographical and bibliographical techniques as a tool in the study of literary or other cultural texts
  • offering an opportunity for expanding knowledge of the literature and culture of specific periods and language areas beyond the undergraduate level
  • offering an opportunity for in-depth and sustained work on individual essay and thesis topics
  • offering the opportunity either to specialize in one European language area or to continue work in several languages (in the latter case offering guidance in developing comparative research projects)
  • offering an opportunity to give seminar papers to a specialist audience in order to develop skills in presenting work and discussing the issues which arise from it with other MPhil students and senior members of the Faculty
  • offering an opportunity to learn to work to tight deadlines (time management)
  • offering practice in writing shorter essays with a strict deadline
  • offering training in developing a realistic research project, guidance in writing this up as a thesis within a limited period of time and experience in independent research
  • offering an opportunity to develop bibliographical, editorial and other research skills
  • offering an opportunity to work under the supervision of specialists in relevant areas
  • offering the opportunity to participate in the research culture of the Faculty, attending Faculty graduate seminars and reading groups

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students will have:

  • developed knowledge of critical theory and an ability to work with theory or specific critical approaches
  • developed a deeper knowledge of one or more areas of European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures and of the critical debates within that (or those) area(s)
  • developed more advanced critical judgment and sensitivity to literary texts
  • demonstrated advanced skills in literary analysis
  • developed intellectual and practical research skills
  • presented their own ideas in a public forum

Programme Structure

Course Structure:

The ELAC MPhil is a nine-month course that runs from October to June of any given academic year. It is classified as a research master's. Students are expected to submit coursework and a thesis during the year, as follows:

  • Michaelmas Term

During the first term of study, students attend weekly lectures and mini-seminars designed to give them a broad insight into literary/cultural theory and methodology. At the end of this term, they submit one essay. 

  • Lent Term

During Lent Term, students attend weekly group seminars led by the module convenor, lasting around 1.5 to two hours per week per module. 

  • Easter Term

During this term, students write a thesis. Theses must, according to the criteria laid down by the Board of Graduate Studies, "represent a contribution to learning". 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Research proposal
  • Sample of work

Tuition Fee

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    28893 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 28893 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
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