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Course summary

Do you want to follow your research interests into a deeper understanding of how countries, cultures and nations interact? Do you believe deeper examination of contrasting ideologies can help shape modern day societies? Having completed a masters degree and agreed your research topic with a supervisor, you will continue to explore themes relating to comparative literature and comparative cultural studies, from the Middle Ages to the present. We have particular strengths in the cultural contexts of:

  • French and Francophone
  • Hispanic and Lusophone
  • Slavonic
  • German
  • Chinese studies
We also welcome projects involving film, TV and media studies. Attending research seminars and special lectures will be an important part of your doctoral journey. You will also have the opportunity to deliver papers of your own. The culmination of your work will be a thesis that makes a significant contribution to research in comparative literature. The University of Nottingham is one of eight universities making up the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C). The partnership provides funding and training to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.


All research students are required to take training modules in the Graduate School and are involved in the Postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in an arts, humanities, or social science subject. For PhD level study applicants should be working towards a Master's degree in a relevant subject. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

For fee information, see
Comparative Literature at University of Nottingham - UCAS