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This course aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of a variety of literary, cultural and historical texts from a range of periods and backgrounds. Anglophone materials will be studied alongside those translated into English. The course also aims to foster an independent approach to formulating problems and arguments, through the development and application of close reading and analytical skills. Individual modules come with the option of an academic placement which complements and develops the learning on a module. Should literature be defined in terms of the language and culture it was written in? Or does literature speak to us because its strangeness side-steps our expectations? Our joint degrees with Comparative Literature will get you discussing these and many more questions. The course has been designed by experts with the aim of crossing and dismantling borders: it looks at literatures from different communities, national traditions, and time-periods. We take in a broad range of traditional genres (e.g. novel, theatre, poetry), as well as varying modes of cultural expression (e.g. autobiography, film, myths). Throughout, the emphasis is on comparative literature’s ability to do justice to the interconnectedness of human experience as we read and write, think and feel, live and die. WHY STUDY DEGREES WITH COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AT READING? • Research-intensive departments with a track record of innovative scholarship • A wide range of subjects taught by established professors and new thinkers • Opportunities to study abroad • Small-group teaching makes for friendly learning and debate HOW WE TEACH YOU The comparative literature elements of the course begin with core modules. In year 1, these introduce you to the notion of comparative writing, and to what you need to be aware of when studying in translation. Then in second year, expert lecturers will take you into the detail of important areas for comparative writing. All students of comparative literature will then take an extended writing module in their final year. The remaining credits on the comparative literature side of your degree give you the chance to develop your interests by choosing from a range of optional modules. If taking a modern language, this must be the same language throughout your degree. CAREER PROSPECTS A joint degree with comparative literature will help you develop a range of transferable skills, including critical thinking; research and writing; ability to analyse a diverse range of materials; time-management; adaptability; and a high degree of cultural literacy. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including work in accountancy and banking, government and the civil service, heritage and museums, teaching, publishing, and media research and production. Recent employers include: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxford University Press, the British Museum, the Environment Agency, and the BBC.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||Modules taken must be comparable to A level English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 18 credits M: 27 credits||Must include at least 12 level 3 credits in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Scottish Higher||ABBBB||Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||M2, M2, M2||Principal subjects must include English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC including A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100||We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||A||We require a grade A or 200 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|PTE Academic||67||We require a minimum score of 67 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Trinity ISE||Pass||Only ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|