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University of Glasgow: Comparative Literature

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

This Masters offers interdisciplinary study across linguistic cultures as well as academic fields. Benefitting from a strong and diverse School of Modern Languages and Cultures, you will be able to take courses in the comparative study of literatures, film, visual arts, or societies of two or more language areas OR across two or more disciplines. The high degree of flexibility means that you are able to design a unique programme of study suited to your interests.

You will be taught by world-leading researchers working in all areas of the arts, from Literature and Migration, to World Cinema, Book History, Gender and Postcolonial Studies.

Our core courses are geared to building your theoretical approach to Comparative Literature and giving you hands-on training in preparation to undertaking and writing up your own research project.

You will be taught by world-leading researchers working in all areas of the arts, from Literature and Migration, to World Cinema, Book History, Gender and Postcolonial Studies. Our core courses are geared to building your theoretical approach to Comparative Literature and giving you hands-on training in preparation to undertaking and writing up your own research project. * We have options designed specifically for you, but you are also encouraged to take courses from across the College of Arts, creating a programme which is intensely interdisciplinary, and can be bespoke to your individual interests. * The programme is suitable whether or not you already have knowledge of one or more foreign languages; you may follow it entirely in English translation, or make use of your linguistic skills in our areas of expertise. If you wish to take up a new language, this can be part of your programme of study. * You will be encouraged to participate in our Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, network with world-leading invited speakers, and engage with our annual cross-disciplinary theme. * You will have access to world class libraries, museums, galleries, theatres and teaching/research facilities, that make Glasgow such a vibrant place for postgraduate study.

The programme is comprised of:

  • two core courses
  • a selection of optional courses
  • an independent research project (dissertation), which provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest for an in-depth critical exploration.

Semester one

  • Core 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE LITERATURE (20 credits)

Semester two

  • Core 2: COMPARATIVE LITERATURE IN PRACTICE (20 credits)

Optional courses that may be on offer within the School include:

  • TRANSNATIONAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF GENDER
  • LITERARY TRANSLATION STUDIES
  • THEORIES OF READING
  • READING WORKSHOP IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
  • POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE, THEORY AND VISUAL CULTURE
  • CHINA AND THE WEST: INTELLECTUALS AND KNOWLEDGE DYNAMICS

Undergraduate Options and Directed Studies Options:

It is also possible to choose from a wide range of undergraduate Honours Courses across all subject areas in the School as well as across the College of Arts. These courses can be taken in their original format (Masters degrees permit up to 30 undergraduate credits) or may form the basis of Postgraduate-level Directed Studies.

Languages:

The School currently offers Postgraduate provision in nine Modern European Languages. All of these languages are offered at beginners’ level, and most are also offered at intermediate and advanced levels.

Classical and Medieval and some other Modern Languages are also available, taught by other Schools.

The languages offered at the University of Glasgow currently include:

  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Catalan
  • Czech
  • Estonian
  • French
  • Gaelic (Early)
  • German
  • Greek (Classical)
  • Hungarian
  • Latin (Classical)
  • Latin (Medieval)
  • Mandarin
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Spanish
  • Welsh (Medieval)

Courses from other Masters Programmes:

The unique provision of our MLitt in Comparative Literature is the availability of courses from MLitts across the College. These will in every instance have to be arranged with the relevant conveners. You may wish to look at the courses offered, for example, on the Masters Programmes in English Literature, Classics, Celtic, Film & TV, Philosophy or Theology and Religious Studies.

Employers welcome our graduates’ abilities to 'think outside the box' in relation to cultures other than their own, as well as their ability to communicate in oral and written form in a logical, coherent, articulate and creative way.

Our graduates go into the workplace well-prepared to work in a global, international environment, as well as in any field requiring sophisticated communication skills. Some common careers include: publishing, editing, creative industries, and teaching.

The programme also provides an excellent preparation for further study in the fields of Comparative Literature and Modern Languages and Cultures.

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The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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