Explore the similarities and differences between literature written in different places and at different times. The Department of Comparative Literature at King’s covers 12 languages, six continents, and spans over 2,500 years. All in a central London location that opens the doors to endless world-class libraries, institutes, galleries, concert halls and theatres. Focus extends beyond the modern and ancient literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Where else in the UK can you study African literature in English and French alongside Arab modernist poetry, or modern Indian literature alongside the eighteenth-century European novel? Key benefits
- 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.
- Centrally located, offering opportunities to benefit from London's unique literary and cultural resources.
- Friendly and supportive learning environment and student community.
- You will acquire analytical and presentational skills valued by employers in heritage-related professions, the media, education, civil service and the performing arts.
- Our flexible study courses allow you to pursue your research interests and choose from a wide variety of modules across a number of departments.
- Study abroad is available at a wide number of partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Required subjects: English Literature, or English Language and Literature. Preferred subjects: Modern or Ancient language, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or History
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill|
|PTE Academic||69 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 Advanced||185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill|
|Trinity ISE||Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill|
|Institution's Own Test||Pass 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
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|