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Course summary

Study the similarities and differences between literature written in different places and at different times in the heart of London, alongside study of film theory. Our Comparative Literature modules embrace 12 languages and six continents and span over 2,500 years. The focus extends beyond the modern and ancient literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Each year includes two Film Studies modules, which will provide you with a detailed knowledge of both the creative potential of film, and the relationship between film and society. Key benefits

  • Our course draws on the teaching and research expertise of some of the highest ranked literature departments in the UK.
  • Flexible course - students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of modules across a number of departments.
  • All modules are taught in English translation, though you are encouraged to read in the original language where possible and supported in the development of new linguistic skills.
  • Central location offers students the opportunity to benefit from London's unique cultural resources.
  • Consistently one of the best departments for the study of film in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Central location offers exciting possibilities for further access to film, most notably King's close proximity to the British Film Institute Library, and the new BFI Southbank.
  • Provides a grounding for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.
Please see our online prospectus for further details on this programme:

How to apply

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If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Required subjects: English Literature, or English Language and Literature. Plus a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6 or B. Preferred subjects: Modern or Ancient language, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
PTE Academic69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT)100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills
Cambridge English Advanced185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
Trinity ISELevel III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill
Institution's Own TestPass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7

We also accept a number of English language tests taken as part of school-level qualifications. For more details, please see our website. Please note that the course requirements are under Band B.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For International fees and information, please see the course details on our online prospectus: The fees stated are for entry in the forthcoming September. If you are applying for deferred entry, to commence the following September, fees may be subject to change. All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
Comparative Literature with Film Studies at King's College London, University of London - UCAS