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Comparative Literature

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

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

Access to HE Diploma

D:33,M:12,P:0

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.

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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

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

Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

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

Scottish Higher

A,A,B

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject

UCAS Tariff

93-136

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Comparative literary studies

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.

Please see our online prospectus for further details on this programme: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/comparative-literature-ba

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

King's College London, University of London

Department:

Comparative Literature

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


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Comparative literary studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,750
high
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Media professionals
21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Just over 150 students graduated with this type of degree in 2015, as it's a pretty specialised subject. Graduates were very likely to take their communication skills to the marketing and PR industry, and a lot of the jobs are in and around London, so if you want a job outside these areas then be aware that they might not necessarily be easy to come by.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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