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Comparative Literature is the study of the similarities and differences between literature written in different places and at different times. In Comparative Literature we don't divide literature up according to where it was written or what language it was written in, as you would if you were studying English or French. Instead we divide literature in other ways, such as by its theme or its genre or the period in which it was written.
The study of Comparative Literature at King's embraces 12 languages and 6 continents, and spans over 2,500 years. Unlike many other courses, our degree extends beyond the modern literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, China, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and to the roots of Western and Near Eastern literary traditions in classical antiquity and the Bible. Options on other art forms, such as film, music, and the visual arts complement and add to the study of literature.
In each year of this programme, two modules are devoted to Film Studies. The aim of Film Studies is to provide students with the conceptual tools for a critical understanding of how society is mediated by cinematic and electronic images, and to give a background for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.
Selected students in year three have the opportunity to study abroad with one of our partners in the USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany or France.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.
The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.
The teaching of the comparative literature programme is based at the Strand Campus, in the heart of London, amongst many of the city’s theatres, galleries and musical and literary venues. Our students can thus readily benefit from the cultural resources of relevance to their undergraduate work.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAB||including grade A in English Literature or English Language and Literature. Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 33 credits
M: 12 credits
P: 0 credits
|Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units at Distinction with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.|
|Scottish Higher||AAB||Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, D3, M2||
Including D3 in English Literature.
Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered.
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||All applicants must obtain or have obtained grade 6 or B in either a modern or ancient language GCSE|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||35 points||including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with HL6 in English Literature. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||Not accepted|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AB||
Including grade A in Advanced Higher English Literature / English Language and Literature.
Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject
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
|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|
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill|
|Institution's Own Test||Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7|
|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|
|Trinity ISE||Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill|
We also accept the English Language component of a number of International and European qualifications as meeting our English Language requirements. These can include GCSE English, the International Baccalaureate, the Abitur or the French Baccalaureat. For more details, please see our website. Please note that the course requirements are under Band B.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|England||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£9,250 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£9,250 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.