Comparative Literature MA Joint Degree
Comparative Literature at St Andrews opens up literary study across boundaries of culture and language. It offers students the chance to read texts of any genre, of any period, and written in a multitude of languages, all in English translation. Drawing on expertise from across modern languages and beyond, the program considers the relationships that exist between literatures around the world, allowing students to push at the boundaries of textual analysis and read without borders.
As well as exploring the different cultural, socio-political, and historical forces that have helped form national and transnational canons, the course also focuses on close reading and introduces you to comparative methodologies and literary theories, developing your analytical, descriptive, and evaluative skills. You will have the opportunity to read, discuss, and present reasoned arguments, and work on writing with precision, clarity and creativity.
Whilst St Andrews does not offer Comparative Literature as a single Honours degree, you can take it in combination with a wide variety of other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- The Nineteenth-Century Novel of Adultery
- Political Drama in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year (all texts are read in English translation):
- Good and Evil
If you decide to take comparative literature in your third and fourth years, as well as advancing your theoretical engagement with the discipline, you will choose from a wide variety of advanced options, each based on at least three national literatures and taught by a team of experts from Modern Languages.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Autobiography and the Visual Arts
- Crossing the Mediterranean
- Cultural Memory and Literature
- Experiences of Exile
- Folk and Fairy Tales
- Great Works and their Adaptations
- Issues in Cultural Studies
- Literature and the Bible
- The Literary Canon
- The Short Story.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures and tutorials, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- reading set primary and secondary texts
- preparing for seminar discussions
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
The skills you gain through studying comparative literature are marketable in many career areas, and your capacity to process and assimilate complex material from a range of cultures will make you highly employable.
Recent graduate career paths include:
- business and commerce
- civil service
- IT development
- media and the arts
About this institute
University of St Andrews
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