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Overview

A PhD in Comparative Literature at University of Kent - Paris School of Arts and Culture  enables you to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research on a topic that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is worthy of publication.

A PhD, also known as a doctorate, is a requirement for a career as an academic or as a researcher. In addition, it has become a qualification valued by many employers who recognise the skills and commitment a PhD requires. 

Employers also recognise that a PhD indicates excellent research and critical thinking capabilities, discipline and outstanding writing skills. The Year in Paris component furthers your linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

Over the duration of the PhD, you produce an original piece of research of up to 100,000 words. Previous and ongoing doctoral projects in Comparative Literature with a French component include: 'Representations of the Jew in the Nineteenth-Century Novel in France, Germany, and England’, 'Sleep and States of Consciousness in Nineteenth-Century British and French Gothic Literature', and 'Comedy and the Spirit of Contingence: The Comic as Theorised in Modern Philosophy, and its Realisation in Post-War British and French Drama'.

The Department of Comparative Literature offers supervision from world-class academics with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, who are able to support and guide you through your research. Your progress is carefully monitored to ensure that you are on track to produce a thesis to be valued by the academic community. Throughout your programme, you are able to attend and contribute to research seminars, workshops, and research and transferable skills training courses.

You may be eligible for a fully-funded PhD scholarship to support your studies with us. The PhD in Comparative Literature at Kent can be funded through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) scheme, or through the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) collaborative doctoral partnerships. Please indicate in your application if you want to be considered for any of these programmes, and explain your eligibility for the chosen scheme.

Careers

Comparative literature graduates develop key skills, including critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. They go on to successful careers in areas such as the media, academia and many different cultural institutions including libraries, museums and galleries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Three to four years full-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Students registered on this programme spend one year at Kent's Paris School of Arts and Culture. This will normally be during your second year of study. For the other two years of study, you undertake your studies at the Canterbury campus. 
  • The supervision process will be as follows: for the two years at the Canterbury campus, supervision will be identical to that for the existing PhD in Comparative Literature; for the year in Paris, the primary supervisor will visit the student at the Paris centre for in-person supervisory sessions, and these will be supplemented as necessary by Skype meetings.
  • In all other respects, the structure of the programme will be identical to that of the standard version of the PhD.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    62

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A first or upper-second class BA honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, a distinction or merit in an MA programme or equivalent in a relevant subject and the appropriate language skills. Research students need to demonstrate competence in the relevant languages.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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