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What will I learn?

The MLitt in Comparative Literature explores the transnational understanding of literature and culture, providing students with a critical evaluation of classical and contemporary theoretical approaches combined with the intensive study of a broad range of texts across national, cultural and linguistic borders, and the relations between them.

Course information

The MLitt in Comparative Literature is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Modern Languages. The programme explores the transnational understanding of literature and culture. It aims to provide training in traditional and new research techniques.

Highlights

  • Students receive training in traditional and new research techniques and have the opportunity to broaden their language portfolios.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 20 students provide a close-knit postgraduate community and friendly environment.
  • Innovative core and optional modules allow students to explore new approaches to reading texts and reflecting on their own critical practices.
  • A wide range of optional modules provides the opportunity to take modules from other disciplines.
  • Specialist dissertation supervision is available from across the broad range of research interests within the School of Modern Languages.

Careers

Modern Language postgraduates go on to careers in the academic field or in other areas, for example as cultural advisors, translators, or in the public or civil service.

Recent graduates have secured posts such as:

  • adviser to the CBI
  • postgraduate recruitment officer at GCHQ
  • professional translator
  • research assistant
  • television subtitler
  • university teacher.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Which department am I in?

Modern Languages

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,370.00 (US$ 28,037) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Postgraduate candidates will normally be expected to hold a BA or BS with a grade point average range of 3.0 to 3.6+/4.0 or equivalent GPA. Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study.

For international students

Students need a good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 7.0 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 94 minimum overall score with Listening: 12; Reading: 13; Writing: 27; Speaking: 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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